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Steelers may dodge Nick Bosa in Week 1

The 49ers star edge rusher has still not reported to the team.

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Wednesday PM news update: The Nick Bosa holdout is officially over, having agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s expected to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers and 49ers kickoff their respective seasons this Sunday, and it appears that San Francisco will be without their top defensive star.

Nick Bosa has still not reported to the team, as he is in the midst of a holdout for a hefty contract extension. The fact that he is not at the team facility this late into the week leaves his status in doubt for Sunday’s season opener.

Admittedly, this would be a huge advantage for the Steelers should Bosa not play. Without him on the defensive line, the 49ers’ edge presence goes down dramatically. Even if he does get a deal signed ahead of the game, he will have almost no practice reps since January.

Regardless, this contract dispute has fallen in the favor of the Steelers, and gives them a much better chance to start off the year with a win.