Chargers activate Joey Bosa, Drue Tranquill off COVID-19 list

Chargers coach Brandon Staley with Joey Bosa before a game against the Patriots.
Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa will be available to play for coach Brandon Staley after being activated from the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The Chargers activated edge rusher Joey Bosa and linebacker Drue Tranquill off the COVID-19 reserve list Saturday, clearing the way for them to play against Pittsburgh.

Barring any unforeseen issues, both will be available for the game Sunday night at SoFi Stadium.

Bosa went on the COVID list Tuesday as a close contact of teammate Jerry Tillery. Coach Brandon Staley said twice during the week that Bosa had continued to test negative.


Tranquill was placed on the list Nov. 11 and missed the Chargers’ game last weekend against Minnesota, a 27-20 loss.

Tillery and fellow defensive lineman Christian Covington remain on the COVID list and will miss the game Sunday.

The Chargers signed defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko off their practice squad this week. They also activated defensive linemen Andrew Brown and Forrest Merrill as well as cornerback Kiondre Thomas on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Chargers are favorites heading into their Sunday night showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who might not have Ben Roethlisberger.

Nov. 19, 2021

The Steelers also have been dealing with COVID issues recently. They activated quarterback Ben Roethlisberger off the virus list Saturday. He’s expected to start against the Chargers after missing one game.