The San Francisco 49ers fear that their star defensive end, Nick Bosa, tore his ACL.
The San Francisco 49ers may have come away as the victors of Sunday’s Week 2 matchup with the lowly New York Jets, but they sure don’t feel like it. And an injury suffered by Nick Bosa is one of the primary reasons for that.
The game itself was a one-sided affair that was never much in question. From the very first play from scrimmage — an 80-yard Raheem Mostert touchdown run — the 49ers dominated every facet of play.
But no matter how dominant the 49ers may have looked on Sunday, that isn’t going to be the conversation coming out of the game. Instead, the focus will undoubtedly be on the many injuries the team suffered.
San Francisco already entered the game without the likes of George Kittle, Richard Sherman, Dee Ford, Deebo Samuel, and many others. And on Sunday, they managed to lose perhaps even more instrumental players to the team.
And the injury that might turn out to be the most severe is the one suffered by the aforementioned Bosa.
The 49ers are fearing the worst with Nick Bosa’s injury.
Bosa went down in the first half when his knee buckled while being blocked by Jets tight end Trevon Wesco. And from the look on his face, it became immediately apparent that the injury was a serious one.
The cart was brought out and Bosa was soon declared out for the game with a knee injury. After the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters and revealed the worst-case scenario.
The expectation is that Bosa tore his ACL meaning that his season has been ended after just two games — an absolutely devastating blown to a 49ers team looking to return to the Super Bowl this season.
Bosa took home the Defensive Rookie of the Year award last season after a nine-sack season that saw him named to the Pro Bowl in his first NFL season.
Without Bosa, the 49ers will need to rely on guys like Dee Ford and Arik Armstead to provide the majority of the pressure in the pass-rush. Unfortunately, Ford continues to deal with his own injury troubles.
Expect to see Kerry Hyder, if he’s healthy fill in for Bosa for the rest of the season.
But there’s no way around it. This is a devastating blow to both Bosa and the 49ers.