COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday as a close contact, coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday.
Bosa, who has not been vaccinated, will be quarantined for five days, according to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. As long as he continues to test negative and remains symptom-free, he could return to the team on Saturday at the earliest and play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bosa was determined to be in close contact with defensive lineman Jerry Tillery, who was also on the COVID-19 list on Tuesday, and tested positive, Staley said.
“They are both feeling good,” Staley said, adding that defensive lineman Christian Covington will also be added to the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Staley said Covington had a positive test followed by a negative test and another positive, which has cast doubt on his status.
The Chargers currently have four players on the COVID-19 roster, as linebacker Drue Tranquill was seeded last week and missed the team’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.
The Chargers say Bosa has been diligent about wearing a mask when necessary and every time he didn’t, for example for a post-game press conference, was a simple mistake.
Staley said he is not aware of any penalties for the Chargers.
Bosa equals the lead in the league with three strip bags and has 5.5 bags this season. He has had one layoff in two consecutive games and three of the past four. Tillery has started eight games and is third on the team with eight quarterback hits. He also has 2.5 pockets.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.