Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa suffered a foot sprain on Sunday that may or may not end his season.
A day after Bosa left Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers crying in a cart, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley told reporters Monday that Bosa is “likely” going on injured reserve with one foot. The diagnosis is far from a worst-case scenario, but it remains unclear whether Bosa’s season is over.
It is “to be determined” if Bosa will play again this season, Staley said.
As for the injured reserve, Staley said “that’s the direction it’s going.” A stint on injured reserve will keep Bosa out of at least four games.
The Chargers’ season hangs in the balance after Sunday’s loss dropped them to 4-6. They are now two games behind the 6-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, who will clinch the final AFC playoff spot when the postseason begins this week.
The Chargers have upcoming games against the AFC-leading Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders. A date with the Buffalo Bills awaits in five weeks, the earliest Bosa can return if he goes on injured reserve.
A four-time Pro Bowler, Bosa has 6.5 sacks, eight quarterback hits, six tackles for loss, 20 total tackles and one forced fumble in nine games this season. He is second on Khalil Mack’s team in both sacks (11) and tackles for loss (11). Losing Bosa for any length of time would be a huge blow to a Chargers team fighting just to stay in the playoff race.