Joey Bosa injury update: Week 12 fantasy outlook, return status for Chargers linebacker

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Joey Bosa is an American linebacker and defensive end who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers in the NFL. Bosa was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers (then the San Diego Chargers) as the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State University.

Since being selected by the Chargers, Bosa has been one of the best players at his chosen positions in the NFL, with the year seven defensive guru anchoring his team's defense anytime he's on the Gridiron.

The 2022 NFL season started pretty great for Bosa and the Chargers, as the veteran Bosa was on his way to having a potential career season, judging by his early season stats. However, it wasn't meant to be, as Bosa was struck by a groin tear in his side's third game of the 2022 NFL season.

Joey Bosa's fantasy outlook

Since joining the NFL in 2016 via the NFL Draft, Joey Bosa has been one of the best players at both the linebacker and defensive end positions. He has always had the uncanny ability to impact games by doing the basics. With time, he has taught his teammates that unique skill. Besides his third NFL season, Bosa has hardly missed a game for the Chargers until this season's calamity.

Bosa had been placed on injured reserve and has missed significant time this season, but his recovery timeline states he'll be out for nearly the entire fantasy season. Also, it should be noted that even if Bosa can return, he's unlikely to do so at his usual production level.

Joey Bosa's return status

Joey Bosa sustained a season-ending injury in the Los Angeles Chargers' third game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The damage suffered is a groin tear, one of the most dreaded in team sports.

According to doctors and experienced health personnel, Bosa is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks. The timeframe of this injury should see Bosa fit just before the 2022 regular season ends. But it is doubtful that the Chargers will rush him back into what looks to be a failed playoff push.

Joey Bosa's 2022 season stats

Joey Bosa is a stud on defense, and his intelligence has made him one of the most respected voices in the Chargers' locker room despite his relatively young years. A casual NFL fan might not understand what Bosa does on the Gridiron, but true fans will immediately identify him as the heart and soul of the Chargers defense.

The year seven veteran is the leader of the team's defense. He started this season playing like a true stud. Bosa has a stat line of seven tackles (five solo and two assisted) and 1.5 sacks in three games in the 2022 NFL season.

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