If the San Francisco 49ers are going to make a run to the Super Bowl, they’re going to need defensive end Nick Bosa. As coach Kyle Shanahan readies his team for their final preseason game on Sunday, it appears his pass-rush superstar is on track to be a force once again after a season-ending knee injury a year ago.
Bosa participated in 11-on-11 practice at 49ers training camp for the first time on Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and he looked like his explosive self. Shanahan said that Bosa’s body is healed, but his mind has to go through a process to believe in his knee’s reconstruction.
“To me, it’s more of his mind, which all guys need coming off a serious injury like that,” Shanahan said. “Nick’s ready for football. He just needs to go through some reps.”San Francisco Chronicle
Bosa’s injury wasn’t your average ACL tear. He also suffered damage to the cartilage in his knee. So it’s no wonder he’ll have to go through a mental healing process.
The 49ers need him to pick up where he left off when he was injured Week 2 of last year’s campaign. He was the reigning AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and also had earned a Pro Bowl nod. It won’t be easy for the third-year player, but he’s well on his way to becoming a dominant force once again. All he has to do is believe it.