The San Diego Chargers may finally have Joey Bosa under contract, but as for when they’re going to get him on the field, that’s another story. Week 1 is looking ing like it’s probably out of reach.
To be fair, that depends on who you ask. Chargers coach Mike McCoy tried claiming there’s no way to know for sure, then admitted he simply wasn’t telling. But as Michael Gehlken writes for The San Diego Tribune, it isn’t difficult to figure out that Bosa won’t be available for Sunday, describing the defensive end’s chances of playing as “highly, highly improbable.”
“The Chargers practiced in pads Wednesday as they did on Monday,” Gehlken wrote. “And like on Monday, the No. 3 overall draft pick did not participate, limited by what the team has characterized as “tightness.” Because a contract dispute kept Bosa from training camp and the preseason, if he was to play Sunday in Kansas City, it would be his first team activity in pads since the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 while at Ohio State.
Officially, Bosa was not listed on the injury report on Wednesday, but that’s only because he’s not technically a member of San Diego’s 53-man roster yet thanks to an exemption stemming from his holdout. Still, the Chargers could add him any time. If he had been added he would have been listed as “out.”
Injuries happen, so you might say no one is to blame if Bosa misses time at the beginning of the season. Of course, had he been practicing all summer long, he might be able to contribute even if he only practiced minimally leading up to the game. In fact, the “tightness” he is experiencing could be related to the fact that he missed so much time.
So it appears the Chargers’ failure to get Bosa into camp in a timely fashion is coming back to haunt them, with an important AFC West contest against the Chiefs coming up on Sunday.