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Chargers’ Joey Bosa’s status for Sunday undecided

Joey Bosa

The Los Angeles Chargers have been without the services of Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa through the first 10 weeks of the season.

However, there has been some encouraging development in the last few days as Bosa has returned to the practice field for the first time since prior to the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite that, the 23-year-old has stated that there still isn’t a decision on his status for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. (h/t Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk)

“It’s really not decided yet,” Bosa said Thursday, via Ryan Kartje of Southern California News Group. “We’re continuing with the plan, and that’s to practice this week. We’ll assess it and see how it feels on Sunday.”

The Chargers have been quite patient with this entire process involving Bosa as the team has allowed him to recover at his own pace. It has gone slower than hoped, but he has continued to take steps forward in his recovery. The fact that he has been able to return to practice is another significant step forward. The team has been able to get by without him defensively so far this season and could do so a bit longer if needed moving forward.

Bosa has been a huge part of the Chargers’ front seven in his brief time in the league through his first two seasons that saw him tally at least 10.5 sacks in each campaign while earning a pair of Pro Bowl selections. He is a game-changing talent off the edge that the team has relied heavily upon to provide them with a large pass-rush presence.

In his absence, it has his teammates pick up the slack behind a collective with Pro Bowl defensive end Melvin Ingram racking up 5.5 sacks and defensive end Isaac Rochell posting 4.5 sacks. There should be more clarity with this situation in the coming days.