In a crucial turn of events for the Los Angeles Chargers, three key starters, Joey Bosa, Corey Linsley, and Gerald Everett, have remained sidelined from practice this week. As the Chargers gear up to face the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium on October 1st, their preparations have been thrown into disarray due to these unexpected absences.
Joey Bosa, who initially suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 against the Dolphins, has valiantly played in every subsequent game. However, the team seems to be erring on the side of caution, possibly allowing Bosa to rest and recover during practice this week. The hope is to have him return in a limited capacity on Friday, ensuring he’s adequately prepared for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.
Meanwhile, Corey Linsley and Gerald Everett have been notably absent from practice this week due to illness, though it remains unclear whether they share the same ailment. Common practice dictates keeping players with illnesses away from the team to prevent potential contagion. Typically, athletes have a limited timeframe to recover and regain their peak form ahead of a Sunday matchup.
If Joey Bosa, Corey Linsley, and Gerald Everett are unable to take the field, the Chargers will be dealing with the absence of four key starters, as Mike Williams recently saw his 2023 season cut short by an ACL tear suffered against the Vikings. The Chargers must devise a strategy to compensate for these significant losses in their lineup.
Despite the setbacks, there is a glimmer of hope for the Chargers. Kenneth Murray and Khalil Mack have made their return to practice, which brings a much-needed boost to the defense. Murray, who led the team in tackles during the recent matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, could play a pivotal role in shoring up the Chargers’ defense against the Raiders.
As the Chargers brace for a critical divisional showdown against the Las Vegas Raiders, the uncertain status of Bosa, Linsley, and Everett hangs heavy over the team’s preparations. With key players sidelined and crucial divisional points at stake, the Chargers face a challenging task as they aim to secure victory at SoFi Stadium on October 1st.