Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa is spotted walking on the sideline with a boot and crutches following an injury to his right foot during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers. According to head coach Brandon Staley, the star player is “likely” heading to the injured reserve list as a result of a right foot sprain incurred in the game. This means Bosa would be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks, potentially missing crucial games against Baltimore, New England, Denver, and Las Vegas.
Staley also mentioned that there is uncertainty about Bosa’s return in 2023. This news comes after the team’s 23-20 loss to the Packers, leaving them at 4-6 for the season. Despite the setback, Staley believes that the Chargers are still in contention for a playoff spot.
To fill Bosa’s position, the rookie Tuli Tuipulotu will take over, while the Chargers will also have to deal with the absence of their reserve edge rusher, Chris Rumph II, who will likely miss the rest of the season due to his own foot injury. Additionally, the team has added Justin Hollins and has two reserve edge rushers on the practice squad.
Bosa has had a history of dealing with injuries, most notably missing significant games due to foot and groin injuries. The latest injury comes at a time when the Chargers were starting to exploit their three key rushers coming off the edge.
Despite their impressive run defense, the Chargers have struggled overall defensively this season, particularly with stopping the pass. Staley is looking at personnel adjustments and increased competition within the squad to address these issues.
As the team deals with these challenges, the news that they have likely also lost special teams player Tanner Muse due to a knee sprain adds to their mounting concerns.
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