Nick Bosa appears to have avoided a major injury.
The 49ers rookie pass rusher, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft, has an ankle sprain, team GM John Lynch confirmed Thursday. Bosa will be held out of the preseason games as a precaution.
#49ers GM John Lynch on @knbr said Nick Bosa sustained an ankle sprain that will knock him out for the exhibition season, at least. “We won’t see in the preseason and we’ll go from there. … We’ll get him right and he’ll be a great player for a long time in this league.”
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) August 8, 2019
“We won’t see in the preseason and we’ll go from there. … We’ll get him right and he’ll be a great player for a long time in this league,” Lynch said
NFL Network first reported that Bosa left San Francisco’s practice Wednesday with the injury and underwent an MRI later in the day.
Bosa stayed down on the field after he was tangled up with teammates during a run play, according to ESPN. He was examined by trainers, but eventually walked off under his own power.
San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh praised Bosa’s play in training camp last week.
“So far he’s been doing a very good job getting better every day,” Saleh said, via the Sacramento Bee. “He is winning some one-on-ones, he’s not winning all of them, which you don’t expect. He is getting better. His whole deal is to continue to get better, stay healthy, improve on his game, and add a second repertoire to keep adding to his skill set with regard to pass rush. He’s really good in the run game, could get better, but he’s progressing the right way.”
San Francisco defensive back Jason Verrett also sprained his ankle in practice Wednesday, according to NFL Network’s report.