Whether celebrated defensive end Nick Bosa plays again this season for Ohio State remains to be seen, but his father, John Bosa, told The Dispatch on Monday that the answer won’t come until at least November.
Nick Bosa suffered a core muscle injury in the left pelvic area during OSU's win over Texas Christian on Sept. 15 in Arlington, Texas. He had surgery to repair the injury Thursday in Philadelphia.
“Here’s the reality of what’s going on: Nick won’t be evaluated by the surgeon until November,” John Bosa said. “The bad news is, he had surgery. The good news is, it’s 100 percent fixable.
“And that is fantastic for Nick, because once he recovers he will be 100 percent.”
John Bosa said the family elected to have the surgery done by Dr. William Meyers, founder of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia which deals with core muscle injuries.
“He is a world-renowned core surgeon, that’s all he does, and he’s the best in the world,” John Bosa said.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said at his weekly news conference Monday that Nick Bosa will be out "a few more weeks" but added “we expect him back” sometime this season.
John Bosa just wanted to make sure it was understood when those expectations might be clarified.
“Certainly Urban wasn’t trying to mislead anyone, but the reality is Nick won’t be evaluated by the surgeon until November, and to speculate past that time frame really would not be helpful for anyone,” John Bosa said.
Headed into the season Nick Bosa was considered by NFL draft analysts to be among the top three prospects for the 2019 draft. He is a junior but long has been expected to leave after this season.
Based on the top three picks of the 2018 draft, Nick Bosa could be expected to make $30 million or more from his rookie contract, the bulk of that being a signing bonus of $22 million to $23 million.