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Chargers DE Melvin Ingram placed on injured reserve

Melvin Ingram, Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers continue to be plagued by injuries in 2020 with another marquee member of their defense slated to miss time. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Chargers have placed Melvin Ingram on injured reserve on Saturday.

Ingram left early in last week’s inter-division contest versus the Kansas City Chiefs with a knee injury. On Saturday morning, it was revealed that Ingram’s status in Week 3 was up in the air after being unable to practice all week.

Seeing that Ingram was placed on injured reserve, the injury could be worse than expected. Of course, this season, players placed on injured reserve are required to miss at least three weeks.

Given that, the soonest that Ingram can return is in Week 6 when the Chargers square off against the New York Jets. Nevertheless, until he’s able to return for Los Angeles, there will be a void on the other side of the field opposite Joey Bosa.

Bosa has been dealing with an injury of his own, which is a triceps injury he sustained in Week 1 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. However, unlike Ingram, Bosa has been able to practice in full throughout the week for the Chargers.

Before the season began, Los Angeles lost Derwin James for the season after he underwent knee surgery in August. The first game that Ingram will miss for the Chargers is Sunday’s showdown with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are dealing with a crucial injury of their own with Christian McCaffrey out with a high-ankle sprain.

With Ingram missing a minimum of three weeks, Uchenna Nwosu will likely see more playing time. At the same time, the Chargers could look to add some depth off of the edge until Ingram is able to be activated back to the roster.