Earlier this week, rumors began to swirl that Joey Bosa’s pre-season injury would be more than just a mild annoyance. Even through all four exhibition games, there was still clear hope and possibly even expectation that Joey Bosa would be back to full speed by the start of the regular season.
For those uninitiated, Bosa left practice with a foot injury on August 7th this year. While he was far from the only Charger on the injury block, it was only seen as a minor inconvenience at the time. This wary optimism had stayed with fans, writers, and even team officials as far as into this week. At coach Anthony Lynn’s press meeting earlier in the week, he appeared visibly annoyed to announce that Joey Bosa was still nursing an injury to his foot. Lynn was not about to proclaim an expected date for Bosa’s return, but he also wasn’t ruling the playmaker out for this week’s game against the Chiefs.
On Friday, Coach Anthony Lynn confirmed that Bosa is officially out for Sunday’s matchup.
After digesting the earlier information, Bosa’s sidelining didn’t seem like much of a surprise. It wasn’t long before more details came spilling in. The source of his ailment, a bone bruise, appears to be the offending injury.
#Chargers star pass-rusher Joey Bosa is scheduled to visit foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Wednesday for a second opinion on his bone bruise, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Bosa is out vs. the #Chiefs.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2018
Per @AdamSchefter Joey Bosa to meet Wednesday with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to determine extent of injury and how much time he could miss, per sources. Anderson examined Bosa’s first MRI last month and found a soft-tissue injury between the first and second metatarsals— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) September 9, 2018
As Eric Williams referred, ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicates that Bosa could lose 2-4 weeks on this injury. This would be the first time in his career that Bosa has lost any complete games due to an injury, so the Chargers are hoping that he’ll bounce back quickly and strongly.
With Joey Bosa out, Isaac Rochell, the second-year defensive end out of Notre Dame, will start in his place. He’ll have quite the shoes (or should we say, boot?) to fill.
-Jason “Check out these UGH boots” Michaels