With Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa missing practice on Wednesday, there was a good chance he’d miss the team’s home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Bosa could miss Week 3 as well. Here’s what he had to said:
“He didn’t practice yesterday with a bulky hamstring which he strained after just a couple days of practice. We know he showed up late in (the preseason) after not signing his deal. Was not really a holdout but was just staying away from the team until he signed his contract. So he had a nagging hamstring injury. He missed last week. Hasn’t even practiced in full pads yet. That is a major problem. Not gonna play until he practices in full pads maybe once or maybe more. It’s not gonna be Joey Bosa this week — the hope is for Week 3. But even that’s not guaranteed.” – Rapoport talking on Good Morning Football
Like Rapoport noted, Bosa has been dealing with a hamstring injury. The coaches are being cautious and don’t want to further damage anything by not rushing him back. The Chargers already have key players like wide receiver Keenan Allen out for the entire year.
It makes sense to keep him out, but you’d hope the No. 3 overall pick would be ready by Week 3. As much as Bosa was reportedly working hard and keeping in shape over the summer, the holdout clearly had a huge impact.
Aside from mistakenly and annoyingly playing prevent defense in the second half, the Chargers played extremely well on defense against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half. The talent is there, but the Bolts do lack depth up front.
The Chargers play the Jaguars, who have a young, talented offense led by Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson, on Sunday, followed up by the Indianapolis Colts, who are always a threat to score a lot of points with Andrew Luck throwing the ball. Pressuring the quarterback will be the key to victory (all season), so hopefully Bosa will be ready to go sooner rather than later.