Joey Bosa’s chances of playing Week 1 took a turn in the negative direction on Monday.
The San Diego Chargers 2016 No. 3 overall didn’t take part in Monday’s session due to what is being described as “tightness.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported the story.
Monday’s practice was essential for Bosa because the defensive end hasn’t put on pads since his last collegiate game at Ohio State — and Monday’s session was in pads.
Bosa missed all of San Diego’s training camp and preseason in a contract dispute (31 total days). A contract gridlock that ended just last week.
The Chargers have said all along that they planned to ease Bosa in. San Diego never announced that Bosa wouldn’t be available for Week 1, but Monday’s news put a halt to those chances.
Bosa has been getting extra work on the field and in the film room since signing his contract. The workload is the likely culprit to Bosa’s “tightness.”
San Diego does not have to submit an injury report until Wednesday. The NFL granted the Chargers a roster exemption last week. Bosa does not count on the team’s 53-man roster. Saturday is the deadline for Bosa to be activated.
The Bolts will probably start Darius Philon at defensive end when the team plays the Kansas City Chiefs to open the season.