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Bosa to have ACL surgery; 49ers optimistic for 2021 return

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The 49ers are optimistic they’ll start the 2021 NFL season with Nick Bosa, who’s scheduled for surgery to fix his torn ACL and cartilage damage in his left knee this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing sources.

The star defensive end sustained the injuries during last week’s road win over the New York Jets. The 49ers, according to Schefter, hope the cartilage damage won’t impact Bosa’s comeback.

Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, seemed primed for a big sophomore season after an NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign in which he had nine sacks and helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl. His 2020 season, however, ended after just two games and, after Solomon Thomas also tore his ACL, the 49ers were left dangerously thin along their defensive line.

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Thomas also needs surgery, but Schefter reported the swelling in the four-year veteran’s knee needs to go down before that can happen.

The 49ers’ injury list is lengthy entering Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, with cornerback Richard Sherman (calf), defensive end Dee Ford (back) and linebacker Dre Greenlaw (thigh) also sidelined on defense. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), tight end George Kittle (knee), wide receiver Deebo Samuel and running backs Raheem Mostert (knee) and Tevin Coleman (knee) are out on offense.