Dec 12, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) reacts during the game against the New York Giants at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers add Austin Ekeler, Jalen Guyton to COVID-19 list

The Los Angeles Chargers officially placed running back Austin Ekeler on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, while wide receiver Jalen Guyton also was designated to the list.

The Chargers now have 11 players on the reserve/COVID list, with multiple reports saying that Sunday’s road game against the Houston Texans is on schedule to be played.

Ekeler was reported to be headed to the list earlier this week, along with defensive end Joey Bosa. On Monday, the Chargers ruled Bosa out for Sunday, but Ekeler was not officially put on the list until Wednesday.

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday that he is hopeful Ekeler and Guyton both will end up playing Sunday.

Along with Ekeler, Guyton and Bosa, other Chargers players on the reserve/COVID list include center Corey Linsley, quarterback Chase Daniel, cornerback Tevaughn Campbell, linebacker Chris Rumph, defensive back Kemon Hall, wide receiver Andre Roberts, defensive end Joe Gaziano and safety Trey Marshall.

The Texans added three players to the reserve/COVID list Wednesday and now have 18 players listed. Players added Wednesday included wide receiver Brandin Cooks, kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn and linebacker Eric Wilson.

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Dec 16, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) is introduced before playing against the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chargers’ Austin Ekeler, Joey Bosa to go on COVID list

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, defensive end Joey Bosa and center Corey Linsley are being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The Chargers, however, have yet to announce any such moves as of early Monday afternoon. The team is expected to add more names to the list, per the reports.

Ekeler, 26, leads the team in carries (173), rushing yards (789) and rushing touchdowns (10) in 14 games this season. He also ranks third in catches (62) and receiving yards (558), while his seven receiving scores are tied with Mike Williams for the club lead.

Bosa, 30, went on the COVID-19 list last month as a close contact, however, he did not miss a game. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 9.5 sacks and six forced fumbles to go along with 43 tackles this season.

Linsley, 30, has started all 14 games this season for the Chargers and 113 in which he has played in his NFL career.

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Nov 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) reacts after stooping Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) (not pictured) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers’ Joey Bosa exits vs. Bengals with apparent head injury

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa left early in Sunday’s game against the Bengals in Cincinnati and was being evaluated for a head injury.

Bosa left the field for the locker room midway through the first quarter, as the Chargers were building a healthy 16-0 lead over the opening 15 minutes. It was unclear when the injury occurred or what the severity might be.

Bosa, 26, had multiple concussions last year. The three-time Pro Bowler ultimately missed four games in 2020.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Bosa had 7.5 sacks, 36 tackles and four forced fumbles for the Chargers in 11 contests.

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Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (99) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers put DL Joey Bosa, Jerry Tillery on COVID list

The Los Angeles Chargers put defensive linemen Joey Bosa and Jerry Tillery on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

The three-time Pro Bowler Bosa has 5.5 sacks on the season while Tillery has 2.5. Bosa has played 83 percent of the team’s defensive snaps and Tillery 81 percent.

It’s unclear if the pair are vaccinated. If they are, they still have a shot to play this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If they’re not, they will have to miss at least 10 days. They join linebacker Drue Tranquill on the COVID list.

Bosa has 28 tackles, 11 hits on the quarterback and three forced fumbles on the season. Tillery has 30 tackles and eight quarterback hits.

The Sunday night contest in L.A. is an important one for both teams. The Chargers (5-4) are tied in the loss column of the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders. The Steelers (5-3-1) are looking up at the Baltimore Ravens in the packed-together AFC North.

The Steelers put Minkah Fitzpatrick on the COVID list Monday and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed Week 10 on the list and has yet to be cleared to come off.

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Sep 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa (97) sprints down the sidelines prior to the Chargers' game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers’ Joey Bosa fined nearly $29K for outburst

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa received a $28,917 fine from the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct toward officials during Monday’s 28-14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Per the NFL Network on Saturday, the fine stems solely from Bosa’s on-field confrontation with officials late in the fourth quarter.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection took issue with what he deemed to be a missed holding call. His subsequent outburst resulted in a 15-yard penalty and first down.

Bosa, 26, didn’t hold back with his comments after the game.

“I didn’t even know they called the (expletive) penalty on me because I was fuming,” Bosa told reporters Monday. “But, I mean, refs are blind, simple. I’m sorry, but you’re blind, like open your eyes and do your job. It’s so bad it’s unbelievable.”

Bosa didn’t stop there.

“Fifteen yards, it’s a big deal,” he said. “Obviously that’s on me. I should never lose my temper like that, but these guys have got to do a better job because it’s been years of terrible missed calls left and right. It’s really pathetic, honestly, but pathetic on me too for doing what I did. Call or not, I have to take a step back and just go to the next play, but, man, they seem not to have their eyes open half the time.”

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Sep 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) gets past Carolina Panthers Trent Scott (73) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers’ Bosa set to return from two-game absence

The Los Angeles Chargers will have much-needed reinforcements on the defensive line with Joey Bosa set to return in a matchup against the visiting New York Jets on Sunday.

Bosa, who missed the last two games with a concussion, practiced for the second consecutive day Thursday.

The team leader with 4.5 sacks should provide a shot in the arm for a Los Angeles defense that has given up an average of 30 points in his absence.

Despite the pair of missed contests, Bosa also leads the defense in quarterback hits (13) and tackles for loss (eight).

The Chargers’ defense was expected to be one of the NFL’s top units before dealing with a rash of injuries, most of them to stars.

Second-year safety Derwin James and two Pro Bowlers, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and defensive end Melvin Ingram, have missed time this year along with Bosa in what could have been a feared defensive unit.

Bosa knows that the Chargers can’t make excuses anymore on that side of the ball, and he is prepared to increase his leadership role.

“I am not pointing fingers, but if you want to win and be a great team, you got to call it out and you got to tell it how it is,” he said. “I always want to say it starts with me because I’m as big of a culprit as anybody. Two or three of my sacks this year, you see me holding on for dear life when I can easily reach out and go for the ball. I need to do a better job with that.

“When the balls are thrown at you or any opportunity, you can’t make silly mistakes. You just have to capitalize on the opportunities.”

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Nov 8, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (31) scores a touchdown as Las Vegas Raiders free safety Erik Harris (25) looks on during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers sign RB Ballage to active roster, RB Jackson to IR

The Los Angeles Chargers signed running back Kalen Ballage to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, replacing Justin Jackson, who was moved to injured reserve Saturday with a knee injury.

Jackson, who has rushed for 185 yards on 45 carries in six games (four starts), could return as early as Week 13. Ballage was effective in Week 9, rushing for 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in a 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, before getting sent back to the practice squad.

The Chargers (2-6), who ruled defensive end Joey Bosa (concussion) out for the second straight week, also activated cornerback Quenton Meeks from the practice squad.

The Chargers also will be without running back Austin Ekeler who has been out since Week 4 because of a left hamstring strain and a hyperextended knee. He recently said on social media that he is getting closer to returning to the field.

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Oct 12, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) during warm ups prior to kickoff against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers DE Bosa (concussion) ruled out for Sunday

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa remains in the league’s concussion protocol and will miss his second straight game Sunday at Miami, head coach Anthony Lynn said Friday.

Bosa was a limited participant in practice this week after missing last Sunday’s 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Bosa, 25, suffered a concussion in the second half of the Chargers’ 31-30 loss to the Denver Broncos on Nov. 1.

He has 18 tackles, 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hits in seven games (six starts) this season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection and 2016 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year has 44.5 sacks in 58 games (55 starts) since the Chargers drafted him third overall in 2016.

Running back Justin Jackson (knee) will also miss Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (back), right guard Trai Turner (groin) and running back Troymaine Pope (neck) are questionable.

The Dolphins also listed a trio of players as questionable for Sunday: running back Matt Breida (hamstring), tight end Durham Smythe (concussion) and cornerback Jamal Perry (foot).

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Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers DE Bosa (concussion) resumes individual workouts

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa returned to individual workouts Wednesday after missing last week’s game with a concussion, coach Anthony Lynn said.

Bosa remains in the concussion protocol but is progressing toward a return this week when the Chargers (2-6) visit the Miami Dolphins (5-3). He missed the team’s 31-26 loss to Las Vegas last Sunday.

Bosa has 17 tackles, 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hits in seven games (six starts) this season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection suffered the concussion during a Week 8 loss at Denver.

Lynn said he plans to rest running back Justin Jackson, who hurt his knee against the Raiders.

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