Through the first two weeks of the 2020 season, the San Francisco 49ers have been hit by an avalanche of injuries. It has sidelined several of their core group players that have generated a substantial cause for concern. Among those is reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa, who is out for the year. With that in mind, the 49ers have wasted no time in finding Bosa’s replacement for the rest of the 2020 campaign.
Nick Bosa suffers season-ending injury
The 49ers moved to a 1-1 record in the 2020 season after cruising past the New York Jets in Week 2 action.
However, it was a win that came at a high cost that included losing star defensive end Nick Bosa for the season. Bosa suffered a torn ACL in the first quarter of Sunday’s contest.
The former Ohio State product is crucial to the 49ers’ future behind his tremendous impact rushing the passer. Bosa is coming off a stellar rookie year where he racked up 9.0 sacks with 47 total tackles and a forced fumble. He was a significant factor in the postseason with three sacks and a pass deflection.
In the 18 total games, including the playoffs, he has compiled 90 total pressures, 19 hits on the quarterback, and 58 hurries.
His absence from the fold leaves a giant hole defensively for the 49ers, but the team has quickly worked to bring in a viable temporary replacement.
49ers ink Ziggy Ansah to one-year deal
The 49ers immediately knew that Nick Bosa would miss the remainder of the 2020 season before the official diagnosis of a torn ACL in his left knee.
The 49ers took little time to find much-needed help on their defensive line after inking veteran defensive end Ziggy Ansah to a one-year, $3 million deal, according to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network.
Ansah has struggled with his health and production over the past two years that hasn’t allowed him to match his Pro Bowl-level of output. He played in just seven games in his last campaign with the Detroit Lions in 2018 due to lingering shoulder injuries.
He spent the 2019 season with the Seattle Seahawks, where he played in just 11 regular-season games finishing with 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. That came after he missed the entire offseason program due to his recovery from shoulder surgery, followed by a groin injury. Ansah brings great potential, but much of that comes with the potential for injury concern.
49ers have many other injury concerns
Ziggy Ansah’s addition does bring much-needed stability to their defensive line, but the 49ers are dealing with much more than that.
San Francisco has many injuries on both sides of the ball that have occurred over the last couple of weeks. Defensive tackle Solomon Thomas is out for the season due to a torn ACL while star cornerback Richard Sherman is sidelined until week 5 due to a calf strain. Pro defensive end Dee Ford is struggling to improve with his back/neck injury that has kept him out of action in the 2020 season.
Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, and George Kittle has an MCL sprain that has labeled them week-to-week. Meanwhile, Raheem Mostert is working his way through a mild MCL sprain, and Tevin Coleman is out for the next several weeks due to a knee sprain.
Despite that, the 49ers will look to chug forward with their Week 3 action against the New York Giants.