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Melvin Ingram telling Chargers he wants to play this weekend despite hamstring injury

Melvin Ingram, Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers have been snakebitten when it comes to injuries. In the last three years, they’ve placed a ridiculous 31 players on injured reserve. Luckily, defensive end Melvin Ingram won’t be one of those players this week.

Despite suffering a hamstring injury in Week 4, Ingram himself aims to suit up for his Week 5 matchup against the Denver Broncos, according to Gilbert Manzano.

Although it could be taken as a good sign, players are notoriously stubborn when it comes to their own injuries. Coach Lynn may end up holding him out for this week, as hamstrings are always a tricky injury. It would be a complete disaster if Ingram was allowed to play and suffered a worse injury, as the former South Carolina Gamecock is a crucial part of the Chargers defense.

Ingram combines with defensive end Joey Bosa to form one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL. Both of them help disguise what is something of a suspect secondary.

While the Chargers are a strong defensive team on paper, a deeper dive reveals their weaknesses. Cornerback Casey Hayward is easily Los Angeles’s best outside corner, with his counterpart, Michael Davis, being less than impressive. Slot cornerback Desmond King is a great player, but he can’t mask the shortcomings of the Chargers’ safeties. Rayshawn Jenkins and Roderic Teamer are the starters, and both have never been in a starting role before.

In order for the Los Angeles defense to succeed, the pass rush has to be there. If Melvin Ingram doesn’t play, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will have a much tougher task on his hands when the Broncos come to town.