Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has confirmed defensive end Joey Bosa will not make his season debut in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams due to his lingering foot injury, Eric Williams of ESPN reports.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said that DE Joey Bosa (foot) and OT Joe Barksdale (knee) will not play vs. Rams this week.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) September 19, 2018
This shouldn’t come as any surprise. Lynn had previously indicated that Bosa, who's missed the first couple weeks of the season, was likely out a couple more weeks. And a recent report says Bosa could potentially be out until October due to a bruised bone in his left foot. The Chargers defensive end still hasn’t ruled out possible surgery, which would keep him out even longer.
Bosa, the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year, has been among the best pass rushers around since coming into the league. He’s already racked up 23 sacks in just 28 games in two years and has had several other QB hits and pressures as well.
Bosa’s continued absence is obviously a big blow to the Chargers defense. Although, they didn’t need Bosa to deliver five sacks on Bills rookie QB Josh Allen in a dominant 31-20 win in Week 2. Their other top pass rusher, Melvin Ingram, had a great game with 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits.
However, the Chargers are likely to miss Bosa's presence much more in their big Week 3 matchup against the Rams. His ability to put pressure on the quarterback would’ve significantly helped keep their city neighbors’ explosive offense in check.
But barring a significant recovery to Bosa's foot, the Chargers have no choice but to cope without their top pass rusher against the Rams, and for the foreseeable future.