On Monday afternoon, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported that outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu has sustained a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in his shoulder. Nwosu went was slow to get up following a play in Sunday’s game against the Jets, but ended up walking to the locker room under his own power.
According to Ian Rapoport, Nwosu actually received better news than what was initially expeced. Instead of the injury being season-ending, the former second-round pick will be out roughly three weeks. He’s expected to seek a second opinion, but he’ll likely be placed on IR this week. The Bolts will be without him for Buffalo, New England, and Atlanta.
Defensive end Jessie Lemonier, who is almost a mirror-image of Nwosu at 6’2 and 245 pounds, will likely replace him as the backup LEO behind Melvin Ingram. Emeke Egbule may also see some run at LEO, as well.
Here’s to wishing Nwosu a speedy recovery.
Chargers outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu sprained the AC joint in his shoulder Sunday and is expected to miss roughly three weeks, per league sources. Initially there was concern, it was much more serious. Nwosu has 3 1/2 sacks this year
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 23, 2020