Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa suffered a foot injury in the first quarter of last weekend's game against the Green Bay Packers and was carted off the field in visible pain and tears. The Chargers confirmed on Monday he would most probably be heading to IR.
While the ultimate extent and impact of the injury is still unknown pending further tests, most pundits covering the NFL agree that Bosa will miss at least the next four weeks, thus making it reasonable for LA to put him on IR.
Bosa injured his right foot on the fourth play of the Week 11 game and limped off the field before being carted away. He later returned to the sidelines in the third quarter on crutches and in a walking boot.
Coach Brandon Staley revealed on Monday that Bosa is likely headed to the injured reserve with a foot sprain, making his return at some point throughout the remainder of this season unclear.
Bosa had already dealt with a hamstring injury and a left big toe fracture earlier this year, forcing him to miss snaps in a few games. Despite that, Bosa still managed to rack up 6.5 sacks, 14 solo tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass deflection through nine games played.
The loss of Bosa is a significant blow to the Chargers entering their matchup against the AFC leader Baltimore, especially considering the team's struggles on defense this season.
Bosa and fellow pass rusher Khalil Mack are probably the only two bonafide superstars performing at those levels in the Chargers defense, so losing half of that pairing is going to hurt LA more than a bit.
The Chargers are expected to go with rookie Tuli Tuipulotu in Bosa's place, though it's obvious how that will make for a steep leveling down in terms of the defensive talent that the Los Angeles pass rush will feature in Week 12 next Sunday.