The Los Angeles Chargers improved to 4-4 on the season after blowing out the pesky New York Jets on Monday, and they’re hoping to claim one of the Wild Card playoff spots in the AFC once winter arrives.
However, as is seemingly always the case, they are dealing with injuries to key players.
Wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 versus the Minnesota Vikings and was lost for the season, while stud running back Austin Ekeler missed three games with an ankle injury.
In addition, star linebacker Joey Bosa has struggled to stay healthy over the years, and on Thursday, he sat out of practice due to an illness, per Elliott Teaford.
Chargers injury report: Joey Bosa sat out of practice because of an illness.
— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) November 9, 2023
Bosa was the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Chargers back when they were still based in San Diego, and he won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award with 10.5 sacks, 21 quarterback hits, and 17 tackles for loss.
Last season, he appeared in just five games because of a groin injury that required surgery.
He has appeared in seven of the Chargers’ games this season, but he has dealt with hamstring and toe ailments.
Despite starting in just three of his seven contests, he has managed to register 6.5 sacks, eight QB hits, and five tackles for loss.
While Los Angeles has looked strong at times on offense, their defense has struggled, especially when it has come to defending the pass.
That defense will have a stiff test this Sunday when it goes up against the Detroit Lions, a team that is very potent offensively.NEXT: Stats Show How Jets' Defense Slowed Down Justin Herbert