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Joey Bosa COVID-19 update: What’s next after Chargers linebacker lands on COVID-19 casualty reserve

Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa is questionable playing against the Steelers on Sunday after being placed in the team’s COVID-19 injured reserve on Tuesday.

Bosa and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery were both placed on the roster, according to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates. They will both have to go through the league’s mandatory testing process to determine if they can be allowed to play on Sunday.

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Sporting News has everything you need to know about Bosa’s COVID-19 update, including how long he’s been away and if he’s been vaccinated:

How long is Joey Bosa away?

Placement on the COVID-19 roster means Bosa is questionable playing against the Steelers on Sunday.

According to NFL guidelines on COVID-19, vaccinated players who test positive and symptomatic should be isolated during contact tracing. These players should be absent until they have had two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. However, if a player is not vaccinated, they will need to be isolated for 10 days and must be asymptomatic before their return.

Assuming Bosa gets vaccinated, he could return in time for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. If he is not vaccinated, he could return no earlier than Friday, November 26. The Chargers will travel to face the Broncos on November 28.

Bosa’s absence would be a huge loss to the Chargers’ defense. The 26-year-old linebacker leads the Chargers with 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in nine games. Tillery recorded 30 tackles with 2.5 sacks and three tackles for a loss.

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Is Joey Bosa vaccinated?

Bosa, who leads the Chargers in quarterback hits (11) and sacks (5.5), could miss more than Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. It is not known if Bosa and Tillery received the COVID-19 vaccine. According to a report by Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times, Bosa is not vaccinated, while Tillery is vaccinated.

Other reporters have speculated that Bosa could simply be considered close contact, meaning it is possible that he may not have tested positive for COVID-19 but will need to be absent of team activities for five days due to contact tracing. In that case, Bosa could be cleared to play against the Steelers if he doesn’t prove positive during that time.

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