It seems the Los Angeles Chargers simply cannot catch a break. Yet another one of their star defensive players has suffered an injury. This time, it is Pro Bowl edge defender Melvin Ingram. During Sunday’s game in Miami, Ingram injured his hamstring and according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, he will “miss some time.”
#Chargers pass-rusher Melvin Ingram is expected to miss some time with a hamstring injury, likely a couple weeks. For LAC, just another injury to overcome, as they are accustomed to doing.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2019
Unfortunately, the timing of this could have been better because preseason standout defensive end Chris Peace was claimed by the New York Giants today. The Chargers’ repeated willingness to expose the young pass rush specialist was finally punished.
Luckily for the Chargers, they still have second-round pick Uchenna Nwosu available to fill in. The former USC Trojan is one of the better backup pass rushers in the NFL, and he will not be stretched beyond his capability if asked to shoulder a bigger load. That fortunate since we do not know just how long Ingram will be out. Hamstring injuries can be and often are quite tricky and they have been known to linger.
The Chargers’ next two opponents are not particularly strong, at least, so the odds of this setback resulting in a loss or two are not quite so bad. Hopefully, Ingram is back in action soon.