Nick Bosa 'hopefully' will play Saturday vs. Packers, DeMeco Ryans says

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DeMeco Ryans’ defense pulled off a masterpiece Sunday in Dallas while losing Nick Bosa (concussion) and Fred Warner (ankle) to injuries.

During his press conference with reporters Wednesday, the 49ers’ defensive coordinator said he’s hopeful that Bosa will be able to return for Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

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“He’s coming along well and going through the protocol there,” Ryans told reporters, via the 49ers. “Hopefully, he’ll be fine by the end of the week. Definitely need him out there.”

Bosa exited last week’s thrilling win over the Dallas Cowboys just before halftime after his helmet collided with teammate D.J. Jones trying to make a play in the backfield. Bosa recorded a third-down sack on the Cowboys’ first drive in the postseason after many thought he was an All-Pro snub, as he racked up 15.5 sacks and commanded double teams throughout the regular season.

The short six-day turnaround between games is working against the 49ers as Bosa needs to clear a five-step NFL concussion protocol that doesn’t have a set timetable. But Ryans’ comments Wednesday are encouraging.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group also shared video of Bosa carrying a helmet during Wednesday's practice. He was listed as a limited participant after missing Tuesday's practice.

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The 49ers have shown great depth and received contributions from role players like Charles Omenihu, Arden Key and Samson Ebukam over the past few weeks. No one dominates the line of scrimmage for the 49ers like Bosa, though.

Considering the 49ers are facing the well-rested NFL MVP front-runner Aaron Rodgers – who threw for 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions this season – Bosa’s presence would be massive for their fighting chances.

Warner told reporters Tuesday that he's confident he'll be able to play against the Packers.