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Shelley Smith, ESPN Reporter 47d

Los Angeles Chargers lose star DE Joey Bosa in second half of road victory

NFL, Los Angeles Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, long considered the best defender on the team, left a 41-22 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Bosa was being evaluated for a head injury he suffered in the second half as the Chargers attempted to hold off a Bengals rally.

Coach Brandon Staley said after the game that Bosa did not have a concussion but was held out the rest of the game anyway.

Bosa has battled injuries through much of his career, and usually plays through them. This one was a different story, and the Chargers defense struggled in the third quarter without him.

This season, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Bosa has 36 solo tackles and 19 assists to go along with 7.5 sacks. In his absence, Kyler Fackrell took over. 

The Chargers, at one point up 24-0 over the Bengals, saw their lead shrink to 24-22 in the third quarter before a defensive touchdown turned the momentum toward the road team once and for all.

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