When the Buffalo Bills meet the Los Angeles Chargers in the home opener on Sunday, one of the best Chargers won’t be present. Defensive end Joey Bosa, who’s rehabbing a foot injury, has been declared out for Week Two. Bosa had a major impact as the Chargers stomped the Bills, 54-24, last season. He lived in the backfield, blowing up run plays and recording a sack and a forced fumble as the Chargers coasted to a massive lead. In his absence, Melvin Ingram (who was selected to the Pro Bowl last season) will carry the load.
Bosa is the headliner, but two other Chargers are in danger of missing this one. Starting right tackle Joe Barksdale injured his knee in the season opener, and didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Receiver Travis Benjamin, who had 663 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns last year, hurt his foot in week one and also hasn’t practiced yet. Unless they return to practice on Friday, they’re in danger of missing the game.
For the Buffalo Bills, two starters might not play on Sunday. Defensive end Shaq Lawson strained his hamstring in week one, and hasn’t practiced this week. Rookie cornerback Taron Johnson hurt his shoulder, and also has yet to practice with the team. Rookie Ray-Ray McCloud (knee) was running through some drills without pads on, but still qualified as a DNP on Wednesday and Thursday.