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Joey Bosa could miss the season opener

Joey Bosa, Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa might be inactive in their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday. Bosa has been dealing with a foot injury since early August. It was considered minor, but it has clearly progressed since then.

From Darin Gantt of NBC Sports:

“It’s possible that he might not be with us,” Lynn said. “Foot injuries, they take on all the body weight. That can be tricky.”

Joey Bosa has led the Chargers in sacks for two years since being selected No 3. overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Ohio State product had 10.5 sacks in his rookie season and recorded 12.5 last year. If Bosa isn’t healthy enough to play, the Chargers will have to lean on another pass rusher to lead the defensive line. The best candidate for the job is six-year veteran Melvin Ingram. Ingram has recorded 10.5 sacks for the Chargers last year, giving him the second highest mark on the team. He’s spent all six of his seasons with the Chargers and has a hold on how things operated before his arrival.

Consistent pressure on the quarterback will play a big role in the outcome of Week 1, as the Kansas City Chiefs have entrusted their future to young quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes only has one career regular season game under his belt. He completed 22 of 35 pass attempts and one interception. He failed to throw a touchdown pass. Nevertheless, Mahomes has been refining his craft all summer and will have Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Kareem hunt at his disposal to help him along the way. If the Chargers can rattle Mahomes in his first season opener, victory will be within their reach.