It’s not yet known when the San Diego Chargers are actually going to see rookie first-round pick Joey Bosa take to the field.
After a lengthy holdout that took him through three preseason games, the former Ohio State defensive end finally inked a deal to join the team (more on that here).
Unfortunately, all that time away from off-season activities apparently had a negative impact on the No. 3 overall pick.
It’s not a surprise that the defensive end will not suit up for San Diego’s regular season opener Sunday. What is a surprise is that he’s now considered week-to-week with a hamstring strain.
Joey Bosa out today, then week to week with Grade 1 strained hamstring; still hasn’t practiced in pads, so could be a bit before he plays.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 11, 2016
Pure conjecture here, but one could reasonably conclude that Bosa’s holdout played a role in the hammy injury. After all, a lack of conditioning is one of the primary causes for injuries to that area of the body.
Considering the rookie has yet to take the field in pads and is dealing with a lower-body injury, it’s safe to assume he’s ways away from actually making an impact.
Such is the nature of the beast when finances cripple the ability of a rookie to get going immediately after being drafted.