Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa is questionable to play Sunday against the Steelers after he was placed on the team’s COVID-19 injured reserve Tuesday.
Bosa and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery were included on the list, according to a report by ESPN’s Field Yates. Both will have to undergo the league’s mandatory testing process to determine if they can be cleared to play on Sunday.
The Chargers have placed DE Joey Bosa and DT Jerry Tillery on the COVID-19 list.
– Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 16, 2021
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Sporting News has everything you need to know about Bosa’s COVID-19 update, including how long he’s away and if he’s vaccinated:
How long will Joey Bosa be gone?
The location on the COVID-19 list means it is questionable whether Bosa will play the Steelers on Sunday.
According to the NFL’s COVID-19 guidelines, vaccinated players who test positive and have symptoms should be isolated while contact tracing is being done. Those players would have to be out until they have had two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. However, if a player is not vaccinated, they must be isolated for 10 days and must be asymptomatic before returning.
Assuming Bosa is vaccinated, he could be back in time for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. If you are not vaccinated, the earliest you can return is Friday, November 26. The Chargers will travel to face the Broncos on November 28.
Bosa’s absence would be a huge loss to the Chargers defense. The 26-year-old linebacker leads the Chargers with 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in nine meetings. Tillery has recorded 30 tackles with 2.5 sacks and three tackles for loss.
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Is Joey Bosa vaccinated?
Bosa, who leads the Chargers in quarterback hits (11) and sacks (5.5), could miss more than Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. It is unknown if Bosa and Tillery received the COVID-19 vaccine. According to a report by Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times, Bosa is not vaccinated, while Tillery is vaccinated.
With respect to #Chargers‘COVID news today, I understand that Joey Bosa is not vaccinated and Jerry Tillery is vaccinated.
– Jeff Miller (@JeffMillerLAT) November 16, 2021
Other reporters speculated that Bosa could simply be considered a close contact, meaning that he may not have tested positive for COVID-19, but may have to stop participating in team activities for five days due to contact tracing. In that case, Bosa could be cleared to play the Steelers if he doesn’t test positive during that time.
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Joey Bosa is not vaccinated as @JeffMillerLAT reported for the first time. Because of that, you may have been considered a close contact and failed to test positive. In that case, Bosa could be acquitted before Sunday, if he doesn’t test positive. Close contact must be maintained for 5 days.
– Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) November 16, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.