On Monday afternoon, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Chargers have designated defensive end Melvin Ingram and defensive tackle Justin Jones to return from IR this week. Both have missed the past three weeks after being placed on the list following the team’s Week 3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
In their places, Jerry Tillery and Uchenna Nwosu started while the entire defensive line saw a jump in snaps due to a lack of bodies available in the rotation. Since Ingram and Jones have been out, the defensive front has shown a lack of juice in recent weeks. The injection of Ingram and Jones could be exactly what the defense was missing in their recent losses to the Bucs and the Saints.
Prior to their placement on IR, Ingram had just two tackles in two games, including a pair of pass deflections and an interception. Jones had just three total tackles.