Sep 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa (97) sprints down the sidelines prior to the Chargers' game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers’ Joey Bosa fined nearly $29K for outburst

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa received a $28,917 fine from the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct toward officials during Monday’s 28-14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Per the NFL Network on Saturday, the fine stems solely from Bosa’s on-field confrontation with officials late in the fourth quarter.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection took issue with what he deemed to be a missed holding call. His subsequent outburst resulted in a 15-yard penalty and first down.

Bosa, 26, didn’t hold back with his comments after the game.

“I didn’t even know they called the (expletive) penalty on me because I was fuming,” Bosa told reporters Monday. “But, I mean, refs are blind, simple. I’m sorry, but you’re blind, like open your eyes and do your job. It’s so bad it’s unbelievable.”

Bosa didn’t stop there.

“Fifteen yards, it’s a big deal,” he said. “Obviously that’s on me. I should never lose my temper like that, but these guys have got to do a better job because it’s been years of terrible missed calls left and right. It’s really pathetic, honestly, but pathetic on me too for doing what I did. Call or not, I have to take a step back and just go to the next play, but, man, they seem not to have their eyes open half the time.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) gets past Carolina Panthers Trent Scott (73) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers’ Bosa set to return from two-game absence

The Los Angeles Chargers will have much-needed reinforcements on the defensive line with Joey Bosa set to return in a matchup against the visiting New York Jets on Sunday.

Bosa, who missed the last two games with a concussion, practiced for the second consecutive day Thursday.

The team leader with 4.5 sacks should provide a shot in the arm for a Los Angeles defense that has given up an average of 30 points in his absence.

Despite the pair of missed contests, Bosa also leads the defense in quarterback hits (13) and tackles for loss (eight).

The Chargers’ defense was expected to be one of the NFL’s top units before dealing with a rash of injuries, most of them to stars.

Second-year safety Derwin James and two Pro Bowlers, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and defensive end Melvin Ingram, have missed time this year along with Bosa in what could have been a feared defensive unit.

Bosa knows that the Chargers can’t make excuses anymore on that side of the ball, and he is prepared to increase his leadership role.

“I am not pointing fingers, but if you want to win and be a great team, you got to call it out and you got to tell it how it is,” he said. “I always want to say it starts with me because I’m as big of a culprit as anybody. Two or three of my sacks this year, you see me holding on for dear life when I can easily reach out and go for the ball. I need to do a better job with that.

“When the balls are thrown at you or any opportunity, you can’t make silly mistakes. You just have to capitalize on the opportunities.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (31) scores a touchdown as Las Vegas Raiders free safety Erik Harris (25) looks on during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers sign RB Ballage to active roster, RB Jackson to IR

The Los Angeles Chargers signed running back Kalen Ballage to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, replacing Justin Jackson, who was moved to injured reserve Saturday with a knee injury.

Jackson, who has rushed for 185 yards on 45 carries in six games (four starts), could return as early as Week 13. Ballage was effective in Week 9, rushing for 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in a 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, before getting sent back to the practice squad.

The Chargers (2-6), who ruled defensive end Joey Bosa (concussion) out for the second straight week, also activated cornerback Quenton Meeks from the practice squad.

The Chargers also will be without running back Austin Ekeler who has been out since Week 4 because of a left hamstring strain and a hyperextended knee. He recently said on social media that he is getting closer to returning to the field.

–Field Level Media

Oct 12, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) during warm ups prior to kickoff against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers DE Bosa (concussion) ruled out for Sunday

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa remains in the league’s concussion protocol and will miss his second straight game Sunday at Miami, head coach Anthony Lynn said Friday.

Bosa was a limited participant in practice this week after missing last Sunday’s 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Bosa, 25, suffered a concussion in the second half of the Chargers’ 31-30 loss to the Denver Broncos on Nov. 1.

He has 18 tackles, 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hits in seven games (six starts) this season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection and 2016 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year has 44.5 sacks in 58 games (55 starts) since the Chargers drafted him third overall in 2016.

Running back Justin Jackson (knee) will also miss Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (back), right guard Trai Turner (groin) and running back Troymaine Pope (neck) are questionable.

The Dolphins also listed a trio of players as questionable for Sunday: running back Matt Breida (hamstring), tight end Durham Smythe (concussion) and cornerback Jamal Perry (foot).

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers DE Bosa (concussion) resumes individual workouts

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa returned to individual workouts Wednesday after missing last week’s game with a concussion, coach Anthony Lynn said.

Bosa remains in the concussion protocol but is progressing toward a return this week when the Chargers (2-6) visit the Miami Dolphins (5-3). He missed the team’s 31-26 loss to Las Vegas last Sunday.

Bosa has 17 tackles, 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hits in seven games (six starts) this season. The two-time Pro Bowl selection suffered the concussion during a Week 8 loss at Denver.

Lynn said he plans to rest running back Justin Jackson, who hurt his knee against the Raiders.

–Field Level Media

The Intersection of the NFL and Esports: AFC West

The overlap between the NFL and video games is massive. The players are actively gaming in their free time and many of the owners are directly or indirectly invested in the industry. I am going division by division highlighting star players on the field who also have a love for video games/esports.
Marshawn Lynch – RB Oakland Raiders
BeastMode is an investor in NRG Esports, an avid Call of Duty and Fortnite player and was even a character in a scene in Call of Duty Black Ops III campaign.
At NRG Esports, Lynch joined a star-studded investor group that contains Alex Rodriguez, Shaquille O’Neal, Ryan Howard and Jennifer Lopez, among other athletes and celebrities. The organization was started by Sacramento Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov and has top-level talent in a variety of games including Overwatch, Rocket League and Fortnite.
He has been an outspoken advocate for Call of Duty for years and Treyarch – the developer of Black Ops 3 – rewarded him by putting him in the background of a scene in the campaign. Lynch called it “one of the highlights of my career.”

(He’s at the back table, sitting on the left, drinking aggressively)
He can also be found playing Fortnite and crashing Conan’s Clueless Gamer set to rip the heads off some fools in Doom.
Von Miller – LB Denver Broncos
The Clueless Gamer video that Lynch crashed was supposed to be between Josh Norman and Miller but if BeastMode wants in, he gets in.

Miller is also a huge gamer himself and thinks that gaming is a natural extension of NFL players competitive instinct.
“As athletes, we compete over everything, and a game like ‘Call of Duty’ is about as competitive as it gets,” Miller told ESPN’s Jon Robinson in 2012. “With the competitive aspect of the game, you can be down a couple of kills and you just want to come back. That’s what draws all athletes to ‘Call of Duty.’ There is just so much competitive spirit involved.”
He has been a gamer his whole life growing up on Tecmo Bowl and Contra as a kid. In addition to shooter games he also plays a lot of sports games but – at least at the time of that ESPN interview – said FIFA and NBA 2K were bigger communities than Madden.
“Everybody plays “FIFA.” Sure, there are guys on the team that love “Madden,” but what people might not realize is “FIFA” has the biggest online community out there, and “2K13” might be second.”
FIFA’s success as an esport has a lot to do with pure fluidity, it’s likely the best sports simulation gaming experience on the market.
Eric Berry – S Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs safety has battled more off-the-field adversity than just about anyone in the NFL. Most football fans will remember his fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that forced him to miss multiple years; but what they might not know is the role that video games helped play in his recovery.
“The thing that kept me mentally sharp was playing video games. That’s the way I was getting reps,” Berry told SportTechie’s Mark J. Burns. “A lot of people don’t understand that visualization is one of the most powerful things you can do. Doing that through a video game where you put yourself through a situation in a first person point of view and you see it from a big picture point of view from how things work together, it can work wonders.”
Especially for someone missing the football field, Madden is the closest thing he could get for a while. In addition to Madden he also plays Call of Duty and told Burns that game can help with decision-making and critical thinking.
“The cerebral part of gaming, some people don’t look at it as a skill, that’s definitely a skill — to be able to think, react and maneuver so quickly,” Berry told Burns.
Tyreek Hill – WR Kansas City Chiefs
Hill is one of the most explosive players in the game today but when he’s not at practice or studying the playbook, he’s dropping into Fortnite games. According to comments on his Twitch stream on Reddit, he’s actually pretty good.
I play like three hours (at a time),” Hill told Deaundra Allen at the Kansas City Star. “I’m getting ready to set up my camera tonight so I can Twitch and people can see me play the game.”
His stream name is “imfasterthanya” but only has 2,100 total views as a channel. Especially during the offseason players need a way to fill time. Many find it through video games and studying the playbook, and for Hill it’s in that order.
“After I get done playing Fortnite, I try to schedule in some downtime for my playbook, watching film and watching other receivers,” he told the KC Star.
He plays with guys on the team like new quarterback Pat Mahomes and also talks trash to other AFC playoff rivals like Le’Veon Bell.

Joey Bosa – DE Los Angeles Chargers
Bosa has already made a name for himself as one of the standout young defensive stars in the league after the Chargers took him third in the 2016 NFL Draft. Coming from a national championship at Ohio State, Bosa was the man around Columbus. But following a violation of the school’s athletic policy, Bosa opted to shy away from the limelight and get a one-bedroom place off campus that had “little more than an Xbox, DVDs, and football gear,” wrote Sports Illustrated.
It was a place free from distractions, and for Bosa, a lifelong gamer, it was exactly what he needed. He finished the season as a first-team All-American and the Buckeyes went 12-1. The SI article doesn’t say what he was playing during that time, but according to an interview he did with Inverse, he has been a Call of Duty fan since he was young.
“I’ve been playing video games my entire life, ever since I had the Nintendo 64 that my grandma got me,” Bosa told Inverse. “Then I got my PS2 and have just been moving onto playing Call of Duty, and I’ve been a big gamer all of my life, me and my friends. It’s been a big part of our after-school time hanging out. It’s kept us off the streets and out of trouble.”
He found a reprieve from distractions through video games while growing up and while at Ohio State. Now he still plays with his friends back home, mostly Call of Duty, Rocket League and FIFA. I’ll bet head coach Anthony Lynn prefers him doing that than getting into the many distractions in Los Angeles.
This is part five of our division-by-division look at the overlap of the NFL and esports/gaming. The articles come out bi-weekly and the NFC can be found here with the West, North, East and South.