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Chargers DE Joey Bosa expected to be out until October

Joey Bosa, Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers have a situation on their hands with Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa currently dealing with a bone bruise that has put him out of the lineup for the next several weeks.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, there is a growing expectation that the injury will keep him out of the lineup into October.

Los Angeles Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa already has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills because of a bruised bone in his left foot, and his injury now is expected to sideline him into October, sources told ESPN.

Although the Chargers will be without Bosa for the next several weeks, the team has avoided a possible more severe situation as he is a dealing with an injury that will need rest rather than surgery. There had initially been much concern given that he this was another injury that he had suffered in training camp that had lingered on into the start of the regular season that led to him to sport a walking boot on the practice field.

In his first two seasons in the league, Bosa has been a major factor on the front seven behind his elite level of play after recording back-to-back double-digit sack totals in his first two seasons. He is also coming off a career-high 12.5 sacks with 70 tackles and four forced fumbles while playing in all 16 regular season games, earning his first Pro Bowl selection.

His absence puts a bigger onus on the Chargers to lean on defensive end Melvin Ingram to lead the charge as their primary pass rusher. This could see the team lean on linebacker Dee Ford to help fill the void as he had four tackles and a sack in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.