Chargers DE Joey Bosa to return to practice for first time since Week 1
The Los Angeles Chargers have been without the services of Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa for the first nine games of the season due to a nagging foot injury.
However, Bosa has made some notable progress as he’s set to return to the practice field this week for the first time since prior to the season opener, according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said that Joey Bosa will get some reps in individual period today, so first time Bosa will practice since Week 1. Bosa has been out with a bruised left foot.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) November 14, 2018
This is potentially huge news for the Chargers to get back arguably their best pass rusher to lead the charge on the defensive line. There has bee has a notable lack of pressure on the quarterback in his absence over the first several weeks of the season ranking tied for ninth in the league with 26 total sacks. Bosa has been one of the driving factors in that department in his brief NFL career that has seen him early quickly emerge as one of the top young talents at his position.
In fact, he has been one of the top pass rushers in the league through his first two seasons that saw him tally at 10.5 sacks in each campaign while earning a pair of Pro Bowl selections. This alone is why the Chargers have been quite patient with the recovery process with Bosa given what he brings to the table as a game-changing factor on the defensive line. With him sidelined, the team has had more a collective effort with pass rushing with Pro Bowl defensive end Melvin Ingram racking up 5.5 sacks and defensive end Isaac Rochell posting 4.5 sacks through the first 10 weeks of the season.
It is a situation that the Chargers will continue to monitor closely, especially with Bosa now being able to return to practice this week is a big step forward toward him making his return to the field in the near future.