Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

49ers DE Nick Bosa clears concussion protocol, will play Saturday

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa cleared concussion protocol Friday and will play in Saturday’s NFC divisional-round road playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

Bosa was listed as questionable to play as recently as Thursday after he was injured in Sunday’s wild card-round victory over the Dallas Cowboys when his head collided with the leg of an oncoming teammate. Bosa played in just 23 of 72 snaps against the Cowboys.

Bosa’s 15.5 sacks were fourth in the NFL during the regular season, and he had 21 tackles for loss, which tied the league lead.

Bosa returned to being a full participant in practice on Thursday, along with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who added a right shoulder injury Sunday to a previous thumb injury on his right (throwing) hand. Garoppolo is expected to play against the Packers.

San Francisco also placed cornerback Darqueze Dennard on the active roster along with linebacker Mark Nzeocha. Cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee) and defensive lineman Jordan Willis (ankle) remain questionable.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Niners’ Nick Bosa, Jimmy Garoppolo both practice

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and pass rusher Nick Bosa were both full participants at practice Thursday.

Bosa, however, is officially listed as questionable to play in Saturday night’s divisional playoff game at Green Bay.

Bosa suffered a concussion in last week’s wild-card win over Dallas and missed the second half. Garoppolo sprained his right shoulder in the contest while already nursing an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand.

Defensive lineman Jordan Willis (ankle) and cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee) are also questionable after being limited in practice.

Star linebacker Fred Warner (ankle) and top running back Elijah Mitchell (knee) were full participants.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) in the second quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo suffered shoulder sprain in 49ers’ playoff win

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sprained his throwing shoulder during the second quarter of Sunday’s playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Garoppolo is expected to be able to participate when the 49ers return to practice Tuesday, with Shanahan saying the starter’s shoulder is only “slightly” sprained.

“He had to play through some pain and stuff, but he ended up checking out all right,” Shanahan said. “Just a slight shoulder sprain and he should be good for (Tuesday’s) practice.”

Garoppolo was already dealing with a torn ligament in his right thumb, which caused him to miss one regular-season game, in which Trey Lance led San Francisco to a Week 17 win over the Houston Texans. Lance also started in place of Garoppolo in Week 5 — a loss to the Arizona Cardinals — while Garoppolo nursed a calf injury.

Garoppolo, 30, completed 16 of 25 passes Sunday for 172 yards and one interception and no sacks as the 49ers beat Dallas 23-17. They advanced to the divisional round and will visit the top-seeded Green Bay Packers next weekend.

Shanahan also said that linebacker Fred Warner (sprained right ankle) should be able to play against Green Bay. Defensive end Nick Bosa is in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury during the Cowboys game, with his game status unknown as of Monday.

“We’re being pretty optimistic with it,” Shanahan said of Bosa. “I’ve seen that a few times and he seems like he’s in a pretty good spot right now, but I’m not going to be the one who judges that.”

Bosa had three tackles and 0.5 sacks against Dallas. He hasn’t missed a game this season and has piled up 15.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) runs during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility.  Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers DE Nick Bosa progressing from ACL injury

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa is slated to participate in team drills next week as he continues his recovery from an ACL tear in his left knee.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday that Bosa will be ready to take that step, barring setbacks.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” Shanahan said. “I think if we stay on track, I think we’ll see him next week.”

Bosa was injured in a game against the New York Jets on Sept. 20 of last season.

The 49ers have been cautious with him during training camp as he has been limited to individual drills thus far.

San Francisco is hoping Bosa will be ready to play when the regular season opens against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 12.

Bosa was an immediate hit in 2019 when he was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He had 47 tackles, nine sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception in 16 games (14 starts) and was selected to the Pro Bowl.

Bosa was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Ohio State.

–Field Level Media

December 21, 2019; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Bosa, Thomas carted off with leg injuries

Standout San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Nick Bosa was carted off the field in the first quarter Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

The injury appeared to be to his left leg.

It occurred at the 6:45 mark as Jets running back Frank Gore ran for 4 yards and Bosa got tangled up as he was engaged with an offensive lineman.

Just two plays later, 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas also suffered an apparent left leg injury and was carted off.

San Francisco already was playing on defense without pass rusher Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman, but an extended loss to Bosa would be significant for the 49ers. The Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019, Bosa had nine sacks and 25 quarterback hits last season.

–Field Level Media