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Nick Bosa details injury that cut short his final season at Ohio State

Nick Bosa details injury that cut short his final season at Ohio State

Nick Bosa, pass-rushing from the right edge, went down as he tried to bend around the corner. He immediately knew something was terribly wrong.

Bosa comes from a football family, and football is his passion. He expected great things in what would be his final season at Ohio State. But, in a split second, it was over.

“When it happened, when I got home from that TCU game, I was laying in bed, I could barely get up,” he said of the left groin injury he sustained Sept. 15. “It was one of the darkest moments of my life so far.”

Bosa underwent surgery within a week to repair what his surgeon, Dr. William C. Meyers of Philadelphia, diagnosed as a bilateral core muscle injury.

“It’s a groin, lower abdomen thing,” Bosa said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “He repairs both sides because if you don’t repair both sides, then you risk the other side getting injured. I didn’t feel an injury on the other side, but they go in and clean it up. They stitch it up.”

The injury was particularly difficult to cope with, Bosa said, because it was constantly on his mind and impacted his most routine and mundane activities.

“The toughest part is the beginning,” Bosa said. “It’s such a unique injury in that it’s literally the muscle used to breathe, to cough, to go to the bathroom. It’s your core muscle. It’s something different than what I’ve dealt with before.

“It’s really gradual, small steps. Once you get through it, I’m feeling better than I’ve ever felt right now.”

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Bosa has returned to 100 percent health and competed in all of the on-field drills at the combine Sunday. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 29 times and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds

One month after his surgery, Bosa withdrew from school to begin preparing for the NFL draft, rather than attempt to rush back onto the field too quickly and risk further injury. His spirits began to pick up over time, he said.

“For me to talk to my family and let them bring me up and let me know that my life is still good and I still have amazing blessings and a bright future, that’s what helped me get through it,” Bosa said.

Bosa lived with his brother, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, in Orange County during the season. He's now back home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he continued his training and draft preparations at a deliberate pace.

“I knew I was going to have plenty of time to just take it slow,” said Bosa, who started jogging approximately two months after the surgery. “It was just a slow process. You break down scar tissue. You feel pops and stuff, which is not fun. You have to get all your flexibility back. Your abs are all mushy. Not fun.”

While his decision to leave Ohio State was seen in some circles as controversial, Bosa said he received full support from his college teammates and coaches, as well as NFL teams that were briefed on the details of his injury, surgery and rehabilitation. Even though Bosa said the decision was his only reasonable option, it still was difficult and agonizing.

“It was the year that I been waiting for my whole career,” said Bosa, who recorded three sacks in the first two-plus games before the injury. “I kind of split reps my freshman and sophomore years. Coming in, I was going to be the guy. I started strong my first three games, and it just got torn away from me. It’s something that I’ll always think back to.”

Bosa was considered the consensus most likely pick for the No. 1 overall spot in the draft for most of the past year. But Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray decided to focus on football over baseball, and the Arizona Cardinals appear to be a serious potential landing spot for Murray to run first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.

The odds are better than they’ve ever been that Bosa will be available when the 49ers select at No. 2 overall. The 49ers’ biggest need in the draft is an edge rusher. If the 49ers acquire Bosa, he would be expected to be an every-down defensive end from the moment he arrives in Santa Clara.

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Bosa is confident the particular injury that truncated his dream season no longer will be an issue during his NFL career.

“This is one of the injuries that once you get it fixed, it’s pretty guaranteed to be good,” he said.

Whichever team gets Bosa will add a hungry player. He appeared in just 29 games over parts of his three seasons at Ohio State, recording 17.5 sacks. Bosa did not have the opportunity to show how great he could become at the college level.

Now, he will just have to prove himself in the NFL.

“Oh, yeah,” he said. "I haven’t played football in quite some time."

49ers' Trent Williams posts Instagram story appearing to drive 125 mph

49ers' Trent Williams posts Instagram story appearing to drive 125 mph

Trent Williams seems to have a need for speed.

The seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle, whom the 49ers acquired in a trade with the Washington Football Team, appeared to share a video on his Instagram story from the driver's seat of a Ferrari, whizzing past cars on a freeway with the speedometer showing the car going as fast as 125 mph. Williams since has deleted the video, but TMZ Sports managed to record it prior.

Back in January, Williams shared a photo sitting on a 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista, which TMZ Sports noted appears to be the same car featured in the video.

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It's unclear where the video took place, but given Williams reported to 49ers training camp earlier this month, it likely is on a Bay Area freeway.

Williams has battled some scary injuries during his NFL career, so coach Kyle Shanahan probably doesn't love seeing what appears to be his new left tackle driving at such dangerous speeds.

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Source: 49ers plan to sign Tavon Austin, J.J. Nelson to contracts

Source: 49ers plan to sign Tavon Austin, J.J. Nelson to contracts

The 49ers were down three wide receivers at the opening of training camp.

The 49ers will be adding two veterans to the competition, pending physicals, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday.

The 49ers plan to sign wide receivers Tavon Austin and J.J. Nelson, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported.

Austin and Nelson took part in a workout at the 49ers’ practice facility on Friday with free-agent quarterback Luke Falk throwing them passes.

Deebo Samuel and Richie James open training camp on the active/non-football injury list. Samuel sustained a Jones fracture in his left foot, while James sustained a fractured right wrist. Both injuries occurred in June workouts away from Santa Clara.

Also, the 49ers lost the services of speedy receiver Travis Benjamin, who opted out for the season due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Austin, 30, is a seven-year professional who broke into the NFL as a first-round pick (No. 8 overall) of the St. Louis Rams in 2013. In his career, he has just 215 receptions for 2,006 yards and 15 touchdowns. He played for Dallas the past two seasons after spending his first five years with the Rams.

Austin caught just 13 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown with the Dallas Cowboys. He averaged 4.9 yards on 17 punt returns.

Nelson, 28, was released by the Raiders midway through last season after missing significant time with an ankle injury. He played his first four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, catching 85 passes for 1,475 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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