Warnings that a lengthy holdout would have dire consequences for Joey Bosa’s rookie season with the Chargers appear to be coming true. Sure, the implication there wasn’t necessarily that he would spend all year dealing with a hamstring injury, yet here we are in Week 2, and the third-overall draft pick is ruled out once again.
Eric D. Williams for ESPN.com reports that Bosa will not suit up for San Diego’s game against the Jaguars, news that should come as a surprise to no one. Not only has the defensive end been unable to participate in practice all week due to the hamstring, he hasn’t even put the pads on since his last game at Ohio State.
As we noted last week, a hamstring injury could happen to any athlete. That being said, this is an incredibly common thing to happen to players who miss time with the team, as Bosa did during training camp and most of the preseason. So while the holdout may not be directly to blame for his absence in this case, it certainly can be viewed as a contributing factor.
That’s not place the blame on Bosa for the holdout or injury, either. The point is simply that the longer he’s dealing with this injury, the more practice time he misses, the less likely he is to many any type of impact in his rookie year.
In fact, it might be too late for Bosa already. If and when he finally gets on the field, he’s going be so far behind, it’s difficult to see him being a very productive player at any point this season. In other words, Bosa may be missing another game, but the Chargers aren’t exactly missing him right now.