It's been nearly four months since the 49ers saw two of their star edge rushers on the field.
The 49ers defense still closed out the 2020 NFL season in a remarkable fashion, ranked at the top of several defensive statistics without the household names that helped drive the team to an appearance in Super Bowl LIV less than a year ago.
With the offseason and preparation for the 2021 season now underway, general manager John Lynch offered updates on Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. The two star edge rushers missed nearly the entire year after suffering injuries early on in the season.
Ford, who was originally reported to be dealing with a neck injury, was later diagnosed with back spasms. After playing in 47 snaps in Week 1, the 29-year-old lineman never stepped on the field again.
“Our sole focus right now is to help Dee in any way that we can to get him healthy,” Lynch said Monday. “I think that everyone understands that we are a better football team when Dee is out there. He’s an impactful player, he’s a finisher.
“When you’re dealing with that part of your body, sometimes these things take more time and I think Dee tries to say encouraged but I think it’s been a struggle for him and we try to stay encouraged as well but I can’t tell you with great absolute that yeah, he’s going to be ready.”
Ford is under contract with the 49ers through the 2023 season after signing a five-year, $85.5 million contract in 2019. Whether he will suit up again for the 49ers is yet to be determined and Lynch remained noncommittal.
Lynch had better news regarding the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa, who suffered a torn ACL in the 49ers’ Week 2 win over the New York Jets. The second-year pro has been rehabbing in Orange County while living with his brother, Joey.
“Bosa is doing great in his recovery he had a significant injury to his knee but like everything in life, he attacks it head on and 100 percent,” Lynch said. “The only thing with him is pulling him back so he’s not doing too much.
“He’s making tremendous progress, we’re very pleased with where he’s at.”