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Chargers DE Joey Bosa ‘feeling all right’ after first game of season

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa made his long-awaited season debut on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. After sitting out the Chargers’ first nine of the season with a foot injury, Bosa said his foot felt fine just afterwards.

“My foot is feeling all right, so again, I’m going to just keep managing it,” Bosa said per Eric D. Williams of ESPN. “At this point I really know what to expect. So when I wake up, it’s tough to walk in the morning and it takes a little bit to warm up, it’s totally fine and expected. So it’s not much of a worry at all anymore.”

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said the plan was for Bosa to play around 20 snaps against the Broncos. But he ended up playing 31 snaps as the Chargers coughed up a lead in the second half and lost, 23-22. While Bosa came away from the game healthy, Lynn says the Chargers plan to be careful with their star defender and will work him back a little more cautiously moving forward.

“We probably had him around 20, but you know how coaches are,” Lynn said. “When you get in the game, you’re trying to win. But we have to be careful with him; we don’t want to just throw him out there and say ‘go.’ He hasn’t played in a while, and we didn’t want him to hurt something else, so we’ll work him back in there slowly.”

Bosa and the Chargers will have a golden opportunity to bounce back from that Broncos defeat as they host the 2-8 Cardinals next week.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen has been sacked 22 times in his eight games this season, and Bosa will look to record his first sacks of the season at his expense.