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Chargers DE Joey Bosa says he is no longer limited by foot injury

Joey Bosa, Chargers

Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers missed more than half of the 2018 NFL season with a foot injury sustained during training camp.

He did return to play seven games for the Chargers, though, as well as two playoff games. Nearly a year removed from the injury, Bosa said his foot is of little concern as the Chargers get team activities underway.

“As expected, I deal with soreness here and there, but there’s been nothing limiting me — no movement or anything,” Bosa said. “I’m as fast and strong as I’ve ever been in my life. It’s just about some little things like my hands and stuff, but as a defensive lineman, you’re going to deal with that stuff.”

Despite the extended absence last year, Bosa managed to avoid surgery on his foot. Even while not 100 percent, Bosa managed 5.5 sacks in just a half season of action with another sack added during the postseason.

Bosa will also be switching his jersey number this season. After three years of wearing No. 99, he will be returning to No. 97 which he wore in college. It is also the same number his brother, San Francisco rookie Nick Bosa, will be donning on the field. Their father, John Bosa, also wore the number.

“We’ve been wearing that through high school and college,” Bosa said about No. 97. “I mean, my brother wore my exact jersey through high school. It’s just a cool tradition. I’d like to keep it going.”

Bosa appears to be ready to look like a whole new player in 2019, both with his jersey as well as his play.