Joey Bosa is expected to make his long-awaited NFL debut Sunday. The former Ohio State defensive end, who was taken by the Chargers with the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, finally overcame a strained left hamstring and was not included on the team’s injury report Friday, according to multiple reports.
#Chargers first-round pick Joey Bosa (hamstring) practice in full today and is not listed on the injury report. He’ll finally debut Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2016
Joey Bosa not listed on Chargers' final injury report. His debut comes Sunday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2016
It is a long time coming for Bosa, who found himself involved in a contract dispute with San Diego for almost all of August. Bosa, who compiled 26 sacks and 51 tackles for loss from 2013-2015 with the Buckeyes, finally signed a four-year deal on Aug. 29. But he spent the first first four weeks of the season inactive because of a hamstring injury.
“I’m finally going to play my first snap,” Bosa told the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken. “But I’m going to stay calm and treat it like another game. … It’s been a frustrating journey, but it’s been a great journey. These are the kinds of things in your life that really turn you into who you are, going through hard situations in life.
“I’m thankful for just finally having the opportunity to get to play. I’m just excited to help my team more than anything.”
Bosa will likely be used as a rotational defensive end when the 1-3 Chargers face the Oakland Raiders. And he’ll look to give a unit that is giving up 27.0 points per game a much-needed spark.