Joey Bosa, Corey Linsley Placed on COVID-19 List by Chargers Ahead of Texans Game

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVDecember 20, 2021

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 28:  Defensive end Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers stands on the field between plays during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on November 28, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Defensive end Joey Bosa and center Corey Linsley were among seven Los Angeles Chargers placed on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's Week 16 game against the Houston Texans.

Here's a look at the players placed on the list on Monday, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

  • DE Joey Bosa
  • CB Tevaughn Campbell
  • CB Kemon Hall
  • C Corey Linsley
  • DB Trey Marshall
  • WR Andre Roberts
  • OLB Chris Rumph II

Earlier Monday, NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti reported Bosa, Linsley and running back Austin Ekeler were being placed on the list. Afterward, head coach Brandon Staley told reporters Bosa will miss the matchup with the Texans, while Linsley and Ekeler are day-to-day.

Rapoport reported that Ekeler is not currently on the list.

Bosa was previously placed on the COVID-19 list on Nov. 16. He cleared the league's protocols in time to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11.

At the time, Staley said that stint on the reserve list came because the linebacker was unvaccinated and deemed a close contact. Players in that situation must remain without symptoms and continue to test negative for five days to return.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection is putting together another strong season with 43 total tackles, 9.5 sacks and six forced fumbles through 14 games.

Ekeler has been dealing with an ankle injury in recent weeks, but he hasn't missed any games while putting together the best statistical season of his five-year career.

The dual-threat playmaker has tallied 1,347 yards from scrimmage and 17 total touchdowns, which is already six more than his previous career high.

Linsley, who signed with the Chargers in March after seven years with the Green Bay Packers, has started all 14 games at center. His leadership of the offensive line has helped quarterback Justin Herbert surge into the MVP conversation.

L.A. is currently sixth in the AFC standings with an 8-6 record, but the crowded nature of the playoff race makes all three of the remaining games vital to their postseason hopes.