The San Francisco 49ers dodged a bullet in regards to their heralded first-round draft pick.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, an MRI revealed that rookie defensive end Nick Bosa suffered an ankle sprain during practice on Wednesday. Considering he's a No. 2 overall pick, the team will take things slow with the former Buckeye, which means he could very well be held out for the entire preseason.
Towards the tail-end of practice, Bosa got his right foot tangled up with multiple teammates during a running play. 49ers medical staff rushed towards Bosa, who remained on the turf at the conclusion of the play. Minutes later, he was able to walk back inside the team's facility unassisted.
In regards to San Francisco's cautiousness with their new edge man, it's worth noting that the former Ohio State standout has had quite a lengthy injury history already.
Last season, Bosa suffered a core injury, resulting in him sitting out the majority of his junior year in Columbus. He also suffered a torn ACL in his senior year of high school. Bosa even missed the majority of 49ers' involuntary workouts earlier in the summer due to a hamstring issue.
The San Francisco 49ers have lofty expectations for Nick Bosa, so don't expect the second overall pick to take an NFL field until the regular season opener. There's just too much at stake.