Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) before the game against the Green Bay Packers in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

49ers pick up DE Nick Bosa’s 5th-year option

The San Francisco 49ers on Monday exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Nick Bosa’s rookie contract.

Bosa will earn a guaranteed $17.8 million in 2023.

Bosa racked up a career-best 15.5 sacks in 2021 and has 24.5 sacks in 35 games (33 starts). He missed all but two games of the 2020 season with an ACL injury. The No. 2 overall pick of the 2019 draft made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season and 2021.

“We’re going to do everything we can to keep him a part of this organization,” Niners general manager John Lynch said Monday during a draft week press conference. “He’s a foundational player, much like Deebo (Samuel).”

Samuel asked the 49ers last week for a trade and reportedly has no plans to report for offseason workouts.

Samuel is frustrated how the team is using him. A versatile piece of the 49ers’ offense, Samuel lines up at running back and in the slot. He posted 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2021.

“I can’t ever imagine wanting to move on from Deebo. … He’s just too good of a player,” Lynch said, without going into specifics.

Samuel, a second-round pick in the 2019 draft, is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract that paid a total of $7,247,476.

Lynch also said quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will resume throwing in June. Garoppolo is rehabbing from shoulder surgery and is not expected to be at full strength until training camp begins in July.

Garoppolo, 30, is 31-14 as the starter in San Francisco, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 11,162 yards and 66 touchdowns against 38 interceptions. He is 4-2 in six postseason starts for the 49ers.

The 49ers selected Lance with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He appeared in six games (two starts) and completed 57.7 percent of his pass attempts for 603 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He was 1-1 as a starter.

Lynch has previously said they would not release Garoppolo but might trade or even keep him.

“You don’t just give players like that away,” Lynch said Monday.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) walks off the field with team medical staff after an operant injury during the first half of the NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Nick Bosa (concussion) returns to practice

San Francisco defensive end Nick Bosa, who is in concussion protocol after getting hurt Sunday, returned to practice Wednesday as the 49ers continue preparation for their divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

Bosa was officially listed as limited in practice after sitting out the team’s walkthrough on Tuesday.

Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is nursing right shoulder and right thumb injuries, returned to full practice participation after he was listed as limited the previous day.

Bosa missed the second half of San Francisco’s 23-17 wild-card win over the Dallas Cowboys. Garoppolo played the whole game despite spraining his throwing shoulder in the second quarter.

“Jimmy, he could have tapped out and said, ‘Hey, I can’t go anymore. You guys are on your own,’ but he didn’t,” 49ers tight end George Kittle said Wednesday. “He took a week off (on Jan. 2) and came back and played at a very high level since. That’s what you appreciate about him. He doesn’t give up, just keeps grinding, and he’s continually leading this team to victories and giving us opportunities to play more football.”

Linebacker Marcell Harris (Achilles), cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee) and defensive lineman Jordan Willis (ankle) were limited for San Francisco.

The Packers downgraded one player’s condition Wednesday, as wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) sat out after he was a limited practice participant Tuesday.

Green Bay cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder) was limited for the second day in a row, and tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) saw limited action after he was sidelined Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) lays on the field with an injury in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

49ers star DE Nick Bosa (concussion) exits vs. Cowboys

The San Francisco 49ers were dealt a blow in their bid to upset the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday when star defensive end Nick Bosa was declared out for the second half after suffering a concussion late in the first half.

Bosa was trying to get to quarterback Dak Prescott when he was held by La’el Collins. As Bosa was falling, his head hit the hip of a teammate. Bosa walked off the field under his own power but couldn’t pass concussion protocol before the second half.

In the first half, Bosa had three tackles and a half-sack, helping San Francisco mount a consistent pass rush. Prescott absorbed three sacks.

At the time of the injury, the 49ers led 16-7, and they boosted the lead to 16 points later in the stanza.

Bosa had 15.5 sacks in the regular season, which ranked fourth in the NFL.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) fumbles the ball as he is hot by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) in the first quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers DE Joey Bosa removed from COVID-19 list

The Los Angeles Chargers activated star defensive end Joey Bosa from the COVID-19 list on Saturday, one day before a key home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bosa is expected to play in the Sunday night contest. The three-time Pro Bowler is unvaccinated and went on the COVID-19 list as a close contact.

Bosa has 5.5 sacks in nine games this season and 53 in 72 games over his six NFL seasons.

The Chargers also removed linebacker Drue Tranquill from the COVID-19 list. The third-year pro has 42 tackles in seven games this season.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; St. Joseph, MO, United States; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) walks down the hill from the locker room to the fields during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs DE Frank Clark (hamstring) doubtful vs. Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to a hamstring injury.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection missed the season opener with a hamstring injury. He played in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens but then injured his other hamstring in practice on Thursday.

Clark sat out Friday’s practice.

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones (wrist) is listed as questionable, as is cornerback Charvarius Ward (quadriceps).

The Chargers will be without cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (shoulder) for the second consecutive game.

Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end/linebacker Joey Bosa (foot, ankle) is questionable after not practicing all week. Defensive lineman Justin Jones (calf) is doubtful.

–Field Level Media

Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) moves against Las Vegas Raiders fullback Alec Ingold (45) during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers DE Bosa being evaluated for concussion

Los Angeles Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa was being evaluated for a concussion on Thursday night after being dinged up during the club’s 30-27 overtime win over the host Las Vegas Raiders.

Bosa departed late in the fourth quarter due to the head injury.

Adding to the concern is that the two-time Pro Bowl selection was diagnosed with a concussion in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos and missed the ensuing two games.

That concussion wasn’t exactly an experience that Bosa enjoyed.

“I was pretty out of it when I woke up that first morning,” Bosa told reporters after he was cleared to return for the Week 11 game against the New York Jets. “I woke up from a dream, it felt like.”

Bosa also was dealing with a shin injury, and the club limited his snaps against the Raiders to compensate for the ailment.

“Joey played on third downs and in some critical situations at the end of the game, but he wasn’t able to give us everything he had today,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said after the contest. “Joey, if he can play, he’s going to play, and it’s our job to protect him. At the end, we needed him out there, and he went out there and made some plays.”

Lynn said Bosa got “banged up,” apparently referring to the play in which Bosa suffered the concussion.

“We got him out of there at the end,” Lynn said.

Bosa had four tackles in the victory.

Bosa, the team’s top defensive player, has 7.5 sacks this season and 47.5 in 63 career NFL games (60 starts) over five seasons. He ranks fifth in franchise history, just ahead of Hall of Famer Junior Seau (47).

–Field Level Media

Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas poses for a photo after receiving the AP Offensive Player of the Year award during the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Saints WR Thomas (ankle) questionable vs. Chargers

New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas followed up three days of limited practices by being listed as questionable for Monday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Thomas, 27, is working his way back from a left ankle injury sustained in the Saints’ season-opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 13.

Thomas led the NFL in both receptions (single-season-record 149 catches) and receiving yards (1,725) in 2019.

Thomas, a two-time All-Pro selection and the league’s 2019 Offensive Player of the Year, has racked up 1,000 or more receiving yards in all four prior seasons since being drafted in the second round in 2016 out of Ohio State.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is also listed as questionable for the Saints (2-2). He was added to the injury report as a non-participant on Saturday due to a thumb injury.

Guard Andrus Peat (ankle), tight end Jared Cook (groin), defensive end Marcus Davenport (toe) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) are also listed as questionable. The quartet recorded limited participation in practice on Saturday.

Cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins (shoulder) and Justin Hardee (hamstring) and wide receiver Deonte Harris (hamstring) were ruled out.

As for Los Angeles (1-3), quarterback Tyrod Taylor was ruled out despite being limited in practice in each of the last three days with a chest/rib injury.

Offensive guard Trai Turner (groin) and tackle Bryan Bulaga (back) were also ruled out for Monday’s game.

Wide receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) and defensive end Joey Bosa (triceps/knee) are both considered questionable for the contest.

–Field Level Media

Sep 22, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Ziggy Ansah (94) talks during pregame warmups against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ansah to join 49ers with Bosa hurt

Free agent defensive end Ziggy Ansah is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers to help fill the void created by Nick Bosa’s knee injury, ESPN reported on Monday.

Bosa left Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, and the team expected tests Monday to reveal Bosa suffered a torn ACL, according to multiple reports.

Ansah previously met with the 49ers, but he left the session before training camp without a deal.

The 49ers also could call up former first-round pick Dion Jordan from the practice squad.

Ansah has 50.5 career sacks in 91 games with the Detroit Lions (2013-18) and Seattle Seahawks (2019). He was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 49ers are dealing with other injuries along the defensive line. Solomon Thomas left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, and defensive end Dee Ford did not play against the Jets due to neck spasms.

The 49ers (1-1) will be back at MetLife Stadium on Sunday when they face the New York Giants (0-2).

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Cincinnati, OH, USA;  Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is brought down by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) in the second quarter of the NFL Week 1 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

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Chargers DE Bosa (triceps) misses practice

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa did not practice Wednesday due to a triceps injury.

His status for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be determined later in the week, head coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday.

Bosa led all NFL pass rushers with seven QB pressures according to Pro Football Focus.

Bosa, 25, had a sack and helped the Chargers rally to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. He has 41 sacks in 52 career games.

He signed a five-year, $135 million contract with the Chargers prior to the start of the regular season.

–Field Level Media