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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Joey Bosa admits he is still experiencing soreness in foot

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The Los Angeles Chargers are looking forward to having a full season of Joey Bosa after the star pass-rusher missed the first half of the year with a foot injury in 2018, but Bosa admits he is still not quite 100 percent healthy.

While taking part in OTAs last week, Bosa told reporters he is still dealing with soreness in his foot but has not been limited in any way.

“It’s not causing a limp or anything. It’s just there. It’s just something I notice,” he said, via Joe Reedy of The Associated Press. “It’s been getting better all offseason, so I could definitely see by camp or maybe even next year where it kind of starts fading away. Once you get into season, it gets pretty intense, so we’ll see.”

There has been no indication that Bosa is going to need lisfranc-type surgery after he was able to recover with only rest and rehab last year, but foot injuries have a tendency to linger. However, Bosa still managed to record 5.5 sacks in the seven games he appeared in last year, which is obviously a good sign.

Bosa had himself an exciting offseason that included a cameo on one of the most popular shows in the world, but his year could get even better if his foot cooperates. His health should make a massive difference for the Chargers.

Nick Bosa’s great grandfather was a mobster nicknamed ‘Joey Batters’ by Capone

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Nick Bosa, recently drafted second overall by the San Francisco 49ers, and his brother Joey have a strong familial connection to football. Their father, John, was a first round draft pick in 1987, and their maternal uncle Eric Kumerow was also a first round pick, in 1988. Their maternal grandfather, Palmer Pyle, was an offensive lineman in the 1960’s, and his brother Eric Pyle was a starting center for the Chicago Bears for most of that decade.

But that is not the only interesting thing from their family history, as detailed by Jon Wertheim in Sports Illustrated. Their maternal great grandfather, Tony Accardo, was also one of the leading mob figures in Chicago. He got the nickname “Joey Batters” from Al Capone, and you can imagine what one must do to get that nickname in the mob context, involving a baseball bat.

After Capone was convicted of tax evasion, Accordo moved up the mob leadership in Chicago until he was the main man, allegedly. Accardo’s daughter, Marie, married the aforementioned Palmer Pyle, and they had two children, Eric and Cheryl (Nick and Joey’s mom).

The story goes on to detail how the NFL was genuinely concerned when Eric Kumerow was entering the draft because of his famous grandfather’s ties to organized crime.

This all means that the Bosa’s have the second-best grandfather story in the NFL, trailing only Sam Darnold and his grandfather, Dick Hammer.

Joey Bosa to make appearance on new ‘Game of Thrones’ season

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Anticipation is building for the premiere of the eighth and final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in two weeks, and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa will be more than just one of the millions of devoted fans to tune in.

He’s part of the show.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bosa is set to make a cameo appearance during an upcoming “Game of Thrones” episode.

While Bosa certainly has the size and stature to play a role on the hit series, it will be tough for him to top Noah Syndergaard’s cameo appearance from a couple years back. Still, between that and Bosa’s younger brother Nick expected to be a top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, April is going to be an exciting month for the Bosa family.

Chargers’ Joey Bosa to take part in limited practice Wednesday

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The Los Angeles Chargers may be getting closer to having one of their stars return to the field.

According to coach Anthony Lynn, pass rusher Joey Bosa will practice on a limited basis on Wednesday, a major step in his return from a foot injury.

Bosa almost certainly won’t play this weekend, and will need a good amount of time to get back in game shape after missing the entire season up to this point and not practicing since Week 1. This is, however, a clear sign that he should be able to play this season barring any setbacks, which is huge news for the Chargers.

As of a few weeks ago, Bosa wasn’t anywhere near this point. Something clearly changed for the better, and we will now wait to see how he holds up in practice and when he may be able to play in a game.

Joey Bosa reportedly nowhere near being ready to play

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The Los Angeles Chargers are on a bye this week, and there had been optimism that star pass-rusher Joey Bosa would be ready to return when they come out of it in Week 9. That now sounds unlikely, however.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was told by a source that Bosa isn’t “anywhere near ready to play right now.” The foot injury he suffered in August typically takes 8-12 weeks to fully heal, and Bosa is not healthy enough where he feels like he can practice this week. That means he is most likely going to sit out against the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

While Bosa has been taking part in daily workouts on the field, he has not participated in football activities. He admitted earlier in the year that he probably would not be able to play before the bye, and his absence is apparently going to be lengthier than that.

The Chargers have played well in Bosa’s absence. They’re 4-2 and 13th in the NFL in overall defense despite playing without a defensive end who has 23 sacks through his first 28 NFL games. The early timelines for Bosa’s return were obviously too optimistic.

Report: Joey Bosa expected to return in Week 9 after bye

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Joey Bosa has not played in 2018 due to a foot injury he suffered prior to the start of the season, but the Los Angeles Chargers only expect to be without the star pass-rusher for one more game.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Bosa is planning to return when the Chargers face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 4. That will be in Week 9, when L.A. comes out of its Week 8 bye. Sources told Schefter that Bosa has looked good while running and training the past two weeks and appears to be rounding back into form.

Bosa admitted earlier this month that he is unlikely to play before the bye, which was not a surprise considering the Chargers are facing the Tennessee Titans in London on Sunday. He was never going to make that trip, but it’s a positive sign that he should be able to play in two weeks.

While the early timelines for Bosa’s return were obviously too optimistic, the 4-2 Chargers have played well enough in his absence. They rank 13th in the NFL in overall defense despite playing without a defensive end who has 23 sacks through his first 28 NFL games.

Joey Bosa unlikely to return before Week 9

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa looks set to miss the entire month of November.

Bosa said Wednesday that he doesn’t anticipate returning to action until after the team’s Week 8 bye. That means the earliest Bosa could return on the current timeline would be Nov. 4.

Bosa has yet to play in 2018 with a bone bruise in his foot. The previous timeline had him possibly returning in October, but even that looks too optimistic now.

Bosa had 23 sacks in his first two NFL seasons. The Chargers are hanging in there without him, but they’ll be eagerly awaiting his return to action.