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Kyle Shanahan ‘hoping’ Nick Bosa can play in Week 1

Jesse Reed
Nick Bosa
Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers won’t have No. 2 overall pick Nick Bosa in any of their preseason games after he suffered a sprained ankle Wednesday in practice.

However, head coach Kyle Shanahan said he is “hoping” Bosa can play in Week 1 of the regular season.

Earlier on Thursday, 49ers general manager John Lynch gave an update that indicates Shanahan’s hope may be a bit optimistic.

Lynch also has said he doesn’t believe Bosa is injury prone.

“We don’t feel he is injury prone,” Lynch said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “He had a core muscle deal in his last year in college. He took that year and decided to get healthy. Yesterday he had a large human being fall on his leg while he was engaged with someone else.

“So some of those you just can’t – that’s football. You can’t prevent that. We’re thrilled with what we have in Nick Bosa. We’re going to get him right and he’ll be a great player for a long time in this league.”

Regardless of what is being said publicly, the 49ers must be feeling a bit of consternation. Bosa also missed most of the team’s offseason program with a hamstring injury and is coming off a season-ending injury that required surgery last year at Ohio State.