Chargers Announce Decision On Star Pass Rusher Joey Bosa


LANDOVER, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to the game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on September 12, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


With their season on thin ice, the Los Angeles Chargers must stay in the playoff picture without Joey Bosa.

Per Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, the Chargers placed their star pass rusher on the injured reserve Wednesday morning. Bosa suffered a right foot sprain early in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.

In a corresponding move, the Chargers signed outside linebacker Andrew Farmer II to their active roster. The 23-year-old played 10 defensive snaps when elevated off the practice squad for their Week 4 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

While Bosa could return this season, he won’t be eligible to play until Week 16 at the earliest.

Bosa missed one game earlier this season despite dealing with a broken toe. The four-time Pro Bowler has tallied 20 tackles, 15 pressures, and 6.5 sacks.

He appeared to be pushing closer to full health before the latest setback. Bosa collected 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in a Week 9 win over the New York Jets before playing his most snaps (58) since Week 1 during a Week 10 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Yet the 28-year-old is now on the shelf for at least four games. It’s another unfortunate injury blow to Bosa, who missed 12 games due to a groin tear last season.

A reeling Chargers defense must now get on track without one of its top performers.

Only the Denver Broncos have allowed more total yards than the Chargers, who fell to 4-6 following consecutive three-point losses. They’re now last in the AFC West and trail eight teams in the conference’s wild-card standings.

The Chargers will host the Baltimore Ravens without Bosa on Sunday Night Football.

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