Chargers DE Joey Bosa undergoes surgery on injured finger
Through his first two seasons in the league, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa has quickly emerged as one of the top young talents at his position. Bosa has also become of the cornerstone pieces to the Chargers’ defensive front that the team holds to build around for the next decade.
However, he had been dealing with a dislocated finger that was bothering him throughout much of this past season that he had initially suffered back in 2016. According to Dan Woike of the LA Times, the 22-year-old has undergone long overdue surgery on Thursday morning to finally correct that nagging issue.
#Chargers DE Joey Bosa, who has been playing with a dislocated finger since 2016, underwent surgery to get the issue repaired. Dealt with the injury for all of last season.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 1, 2018
This minor operation should allow for Bosa to play more effectively on the field next season and possibly well beyond that. He had suffered the injury back on Oct 13. against the Denver Broncos. He had decided to not undergo surgery last offseason because of the six-week recovery period from it would have cut into his workout program. The fact that he was able to get it done this early in the offseason should have no impact on his availability for training camp in a few months.
Despite dealing with that ailment, it didn’t have too much of an impact on his play on the field as he has notched back-to-back double-digit sack totals in his first two seasons. He is coming off a career-high 12.5 sacks with 70 tackles and four forced fumbles while playing in all 16 regular season games that helped him earn his first Pro Bowl selection.
Bosa’s high level of production also made him and linebacker Melvin Ingram (10.5) the first Chargers duo to record double-digit sacks in the same season since 2006 when both Shawn Merriman (17.0) and Shaun Phillips (11.5) accomplished that feat. The two have the opportunity to anchor Los Angeles’ defensive line for the next several seasons while providing the team with one of the pass-rusher duos in the league.