Bosa hits the field for first prac­tice with Charg­ers

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SAN DIEGO — Rookie de­fen­sive end Joey Bosa fi­nally made it back onto the field for the San Diego Charg­ers on Tues­day af­ter a long hold­out.

From a fit­ness per­spec­tive, coach Mike Mc­Coy said the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft looked fine.

“He looked as we ex­pected,” Mc­Coy said. “He was in shape and ready to roll. He looked the way he did when he left.”

Bosa missed 31 days and three pre­sea­son games dur­ing a nasty con­tract spat that in­cluded dis­agree­ment over pay­ment of Bosa’s $17 mil­lion sign­ing bonus and whether the con­tract would have off­set lan­guage. He even­tu­ally signed Mon­day and Bosa said he’s ca­pa­ble of play­ing in the opener on Sept. 11 at the Kansas City Chiefs.

First, the Charg­ers wrap up the pre­sea­son sched­ule on Thurs­day LENNY IGNELZI / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS The Charg­ers’ Joey Bosa wipes his brow while work­ing out Tues­day

host­ing the San Francisco 49ers but Bosa’s not ex­pected to play.

“It’s not up to me, it’s up to the coaches,” he said. “And they have a plan and they are go­ing to do what­ever they feel is nec­es­sary.”

Bosa said his team­mates have wel­comed him “with open arms.”

“They’re aware of the busi­ness of the NFL and why I wasn’t here,” Bosa said. “There is no bad blood be­tween any of us. They are just ex­cited to have me out there and I’m ex­cited to be out there.”

Nose tackle Ryan Car­rethers said Bosa re­turned to the fold eas­ily.

“It wasn’t like he was a new guy show­ing up,” said Car­rethers. “He was al­ready with us in the spring.”

It’s the train­ing camp work­outs that he missed.

Bosa ac­knowl­edged Mon­day “was a long day” as he did ex­tra work with Charg­ers coaches to learn the schemes.

“It is what I’ve got to do to get back to speed,” he said. “I’m plan­ning to do the same to­day.”

What Bosa hasn’t done is de­liver hits or ab­sorb one. The Charg­ers’ work­outs are light this week with them play­ing two games in five days.

“I still haven’t put pads on,” he said. “So I’m sure that is go­ing to be the tough­est thing to get ac­cus­tomed to.”

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