The 49ers will be without their best defensive player for the rest of their wild-card matchup against the Cowboys.
Nick Bosa was ruled out for the second half of the game in Arlington, Texas, after colliding with defensive tackle DJ Jones in the second quarter. The team said he had a concussion. Jones was slow to get up after the collision.
Bosa and defensive end Jordan Willis were trying to get to Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott for a sack, but neither could reach him before he got rid of the ball. Willis also left the game after that play with an ankle injury, but later returned.
At the time of Bosa’s injury, he had three tackles, half a sack and a quarterback hit. The 49ers entered halftime winning 16-7.
San Francisco’s defense entered the matchup already without three key players: linebacker Marcell Harris, safety Talanoa Hufanga and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst.
Bosa has been among the most dangerous pass-rushers in the league and is invaluable to the San Francisco defense. He finished the 2021 regular season with the fourth-most sacks (15.5) and was tied for the NFL lead with 21 tackles for loss. professional soccer focus ranks Bosa as the seventh-best defender in the NFL.
Arden Key is the next defensive end in the team depth chart under Bossa. Key has ranked as the No. 13 rim defender in the league, according to PFF. This season, he has 6.5 sacks with 17 hits at quarterback.
Willis is listed as the backup left end behind Samson Ebukam.