49ers hopeful Nick Bosa will play Week 1
The San Francisco 49ers welcomed defensive end Nick Bosa back to practice on Monday. The No. 2 overall pick suffered a high ankle sprain early into training camp, then missed 26 days. After a lengthy recovery, the 49ers are “hopeful he will be ready to go on Sunday in Tampa,” per ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.
Last week, 49ers general manager John Lynch said Bosa would be 50-50 for the season opener against the Buccaneers. He said, on KNBR, via Pro Football Talk:
“Nick Bosa, he’s coming along really well,” Lynch said. “I think truly, [him playing in] Week One, that’s, I don’t know, 50-50, but it’s going to be touch and go as to whether he makes it.”
It appears Bosa is staying on that track of 50-50. That means most won’t be 100% sure he’ll play until shortly before game time on Sunday. The 49ers will have to issue an official injury report on Wednesday.
However, Bosa made a strong impression during his first practice, according to multiple reports — as is expected for a No. 2 overall pick. He just wants to play football in an NFL game, as he said on Monday, per Cam Inman of the Mercury News:
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more motivated in my life to get back. I’ve had my sights on playing my first NFL season. Ever waking hour was spent on getting my ankle right.
As Bosa spoke, his locker mate, defensive tackle D.J. Jones, vowed that Bosa will be available Week 1, per Inman. Don’t be surprised if Jameis Winston sees Bosa barreling past his offensive line on Sunday.