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Meet the Chargers: Dwight Lowery - (video)
Dwight Lowery calls himself a what?! Find out this and more in this defensive playmaker's edition of Meet the Chargers.

AFC Notes: Siemian, Chargers, Browns, Cushing - Sam Robinson
A substantial amount of money being tied to players on IR contributed to the Chargers‘ decisions about their replacements and extension decisions, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. In losing players like Stevie Johnson, Keenan Allen, Jason Verrett and Danny Woodhead, the Bolts have a 17-man IR contingent and that represents $29.3MM of the team’s cap space. This helped influence what kind of experience the Chargers ($1.3MM in cap room) could target as replacements for these players since longer-tenured veterans naturally cost more.

North Carolina's native son, Melvin Ingram returns home - Eric Williams
"It means a lot," said Ingram, who has North Carolina tattooed on his body. "That’s what made me who I am. I have so many memories of being in North Carolina. I’m a North Carolinian to the day I die. That’s where I was raised, so it defines and informs the person I am now.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly doesn't clear concussion protocol - David Newton
Kuechly, who has missed the past two games, was a full participant in Friday's practice for the first time since suffering the injury in a Nov. 17 win against New Orleans. Coach Ron Rivera was hopeful that Kuechly would pass the final test in the protocol and be able to play.

Best one-on-one matchups to watch in NFL Week 14 - PFF Analysis Team
It’s unlikely anyone predicted that 2015 undrafted free agent Tyrell Williams would be the Chargers’ top wide receiver entering Week 14 of the season, but here we are. Williams will often face Panthers rookie CB James Bradberry on Sunday; Bradberry has been a relative bright spot in one of the league’s lowest-graded pass-coverage units (27th) this season.