The original plan was to ease Joey Bosa back into the Los Angeles Chargers’ lineup, limiting his appearances to third downs.
That went out the window last week, when the defensive end wound up playing 31 snaps against the Denver Broncos in his first game back from a bruised bone in his left foot suffered in August.
‘This week was a lot more about preparing to play football’
On Sunday, Bosa’s snap count increased to 33 and he helped the Chargers to a 45-10 victory against the Arizona Cardinals.
“I put myself and my foot through a lot last week, knowing that I could have confidence in it and knowing that I’m going to be OK playing a game,” Bosa told Zig Fracassi on NFL Rewind. “So this week was a lot more just about preparing to play football rather than worrying about my body.”
‘Yeah, it was rough start, but I think it says a lot about our defense and our team to be able to rally’
After the Chargers fell behind by 10 points, Bosa had a big sack that sparked a rally. When the Chargers closed to within three points, they lost a fumble, the Cardinals missed a field goal and the Chargers proceeded to score five straight touchdowns. Philip Rivers tied an NFL completion record by connecting on 25 passes in a row to start the game for 224 yards and three touchdowns.
“Yeah, I think that was a great series for our defense, being able to come out, sudden change after the turnover and being able to stop them and obviously missing the field goal,” Bosa said. “But I think, after that, it kind of got the ball rolling. From there, we just wanted to dominate. Yeah, it was rough start, but I think it says a lot about our defense and our team to be able to rally and kind of dominate the rest of the game there.”
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