49ers hope Bosa will be cleared to play Packers
SANTA CLARA, Calif.
San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is hoping star runner Nick Bosa will be cleared to play in a division-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night.
Bosa left last week’s win at Dallas in the first half with a concussion, but has made good progress in his recovery. Bosa returned to training in a limited fashion on Wednesday, then was a full participant on Thursday before the Niners (11-7) left for Green Bay (13-4).
Bosa is listed as doubtful for the game and must go through one final step of protocol before being allowed to play in the game. Shanahan said it “looks good” that Bosa could play against the Packers.
Bosa has two sacks in three career games against Green Bay.
The only other players with injury designations for the game are cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee) and defensive end Jordan Willis (ankle), both of which are questionable.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and linebacker Fred Warner got through the week of practice without a hitch after suffering injuries last week and are ready to go.
Garoppolo sprained his right shoulder in the first half against the Cowboys last week but stayed in the game even though he said the injury impacted his shot. Garoppolo is also struggling with a sprained right thumb that sidelined him in Week 17.
“I think he started the game pretty well,” Shanahan said. “He had two pitches and he pitched well all week and I thought he pitched well the week before. Everyone is affected by things right now. I think the thumb bothers him more than the shoulder, which he’s gotten used to in recent weeks. But it’s a challenge, like a lot of guys. It’s more difficult at quarterback. A number of guys are in this boat. When Jimmy comes out on game day, he’ll be fine.
Warner left the game against the Cowboys with an ankle injury in the second half, but was able to practice this week.
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