On Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 the Los Angeles Chargers announced that their superstar veteran defensive end / outside linebacker, Joey Bosa, will need to have surgery in order to repair his groin which he injured in last weekend’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bosa was just placed on the NFL’s injured reserve list which means that he will miss at least the next 4 - games for the Los Angeles Chargers, but according to sources Joey will be sidelined for much longer than that.
In addition to Bosa hitting the NFL’s injured reserve list so will the Los Angeles Chargers left tackle, Rashawn Slater.
Joey Bosa’s Injury
Bosa sustained a nasty groin tear during the 1st - quarter of last Sunday afternoon's 38 - 10 loss for the Los Angeles Chargers to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"It's a tough loss for our defense," the Los Angeles Chargers star safety, Derwin James Jr., explained. "But it's on us to have his back and hold things down until he gets situated."
Joey Bosa’s Surgery
Joey is a 4 - time NFL Pro Bowl selection, and he will have to now undergo surgery in order to repair his torn groin, but the Los Angeles Chargers head coach, Brandon Staley, said they are expecting Bosa to return at some point during this current 2022 - 2023 NFL season.
"It's going to be a ways, but we expect him to come back," Staley mentioned. "He's optimistic and ready to attack it. He's in a really good frame of mind. It's never easy when you have an injury like that."
The Upcoming Games for the Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers are presently 1 and 2 overall this NFL season as they are now preparing for back - to - back games on the road at both the Houston Texans (0 - 2 - 1) and the Cleveland Browns (2 - 1).
Replacing the Injured Players on the Los Angeles Chargers Team Roster
In Bosa's absence from the team as he recovers from his groin surgery, the Los Angeles Chargers 2nd - year pro Chris Rumph II as well as their recently signed veteran linebacker, Kyle Van Noy, are anticipated to fill in for Joey for the foreseeable future. In Slater's absence, the Los Angeles Chargers will rely on their rookie offensive tackle in Jamaree Salyer to fill that void.
"He's ready to play on the edge," Staley said of Rumph II, who will line up on the opposite side from the veteran superstar outside linebacker in Khalil Mack.
Staley also stressed that flexibility and roster depth were amongst some of the Los Angeles Chargers key objectives during the 2022 NFL offseason such as the recent signing of the former NFL free agent in Van Noy, who has the capacity and flexibility to play either the inside linebacker or the outside linebacker position for the Los Angeles Chargers.
The L. A. Lightning Bolts also were able to claim the outside linebacker, Derrek Tuszka, off of waivers on Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 in order to provide more depth for the Los Angeles Chargers defensive unit.
Bosa was able to record 1 and a half - sacks over the course of 3 - games so far this season for the Los Angeles Chargers. Joey has been able to compile 59.5 - sacks throughout his 7 - seasons playing in the National Football League.
In terms of the Los Angeles Chargers left tackle position, Slater managed to tear his left biceps tendon in their recent loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that has now resulted in him having to have season - ending surgery on his left bicep.
Salyer is the 6th - round draft pick, and he played left tackle at times during his last 2 - seasons at the University of Georgia for the Bulldogs, where he helped his college football team in the Georgia Bulldogs win a national championship in January of 2022.
"What we're trying to do is keep the sides the same, keep continuity," Staley goes on to say. "For us, we feel like that is the best option for us going into this game plan."
"It means a lot to me that my coaches and teammates believe in me enough to give me the opportunity," Salyer expressed as he now becomes the 2nd - rookie to start on the Los Angeles Chargers offensive line so far this season, along with their right guard in Zion Johnson who was the Los Angeles Chargers 17th - overall draft pick this past April during the 2022 NFL Draft.
Joey Bosa’s Football Background
Bosa was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he played his high school football for the Raiders. Joey decided to enroll at the Ohio State University where he excelled at the defensive end position for the Buckeyes. Bosa helped lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to a College Football Playoffs National Championship in 2014. He was selected by the at the time San Diego Chargers with the 3rd overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft.
It did not take long for Bosa to dominate on defense for the Chargers as he was named as the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016. He was selected to the National Football League’s Pro Bowl two times so far (2017, 2019). Throughout his great start to his NFL career Joey has already racked up 298 - tackles, 59.5 - sacks, 75 - tackles for losses, 133 - QB hits, 14 - forced fumbles, and 3 - fumble recoveries.
Bosa Family Success in the National Football League
Joey Bosa’s father, John Bosa, played defensive end in the National Football League from 1987 to 1989 with the Miami Dolphins. His younger brother, Nick Bosa, who is also a beast at the defensive end position currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers. Nick has only been with the San Francisco 49ers for a few NFL season, but he has already made a name for himself as one of the best defensive players in the National Football League already.
Joey Bosa’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award Winner (2016)
- 4 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- PFWA All - Rookie Team Selection (2016)
- College Football Playoff National Champion (2014)
- Unanimous All - American Selection (2014)
- Consensus All - American Selection (2015)
- Nagurski - Woodson Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2014)
- 2 - Time Smith - Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year Award Winner (2014, 2015)
- 2 - Time First - Team All - Big Ten Selection (2014, 2015)
- Bill Willis Trophy Award Winner (2014)
“Los Angeles Chargers star LB Joey Bosa to have surgery, goes on IR”, Lindsey Thiry, espn.com, Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
“Joey Bosa”, pro-football-reference.com, Wednesday, September 28, 2022.