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Nick Bosa cleared from concussion protocol for Divisional round game vs. Packers

We break down the news that Nick Bosa is in the concussion protocol, and what it means for the Divisional round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after an injury against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Friday update: Bosa has been cleared from the concussion protocol and removed from the injury list. He is no longer questionable for the game.

Thursday PM update: Bosa is officially questionable, but head coach Kyle Shanahan says that Bosa is “looking good” to be cleared for the game, per Nick Wagoner. We can expect him to play on Saturday.

Thursday update: Bosa was back out on the practice field on Thursday. He likely still needs to pass through concussion protocol completely, but he appears to be close. We’ll learn more when the official injury report comes out.

Wednesday update: Bosa was listed as limited on Wednesday, which indicates he is making progress in the concussion protocol. If he is at least limited on Thursday, he stands a good chance of playing on Saturday.

Tuesday update: Bosa is not practicing Tuesday, but the 49ers still believe he’ll have a chance to play Saturday against the Packers.

The San Francisco 49ers return to practice on Tuesday and Nick Bosa’s status is in question. Bosa suffered a head injury in the second quarter of the team’s Wild Card win over the Cowboys. He left the game and was ruled out in the third quarter. On Monday, head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media Bosa is in the concussion protocol, but the team is optimistic he’ll play on Saturday against the Green Bay Packers.

The only reason for optimism would be if Bosa is either not dealing with concussion symptoms, or at least is dealing with fewer symptoms than he was in the second half of Sunday’s game. Unlike a sprain, clearing the concussion protocol and returning to play is pretty straight forward. If Bosa is not experiencing concussion symptoms, he’ll likely play, but if he is experiencing symptoms, he will not play.

The team will release its first practice participation report on Tuesday. Bosa likely will be a DNP so quickly after Sunday’s game. Getting in a limited session on Wednesday or Thursday will be the key for him having a chance of playing on Saturday.

The 49ers are a 5.5-point underdog at DrafKings Sportsbook.