Melvin Ingram notches first sack of 2013

SAN DIEGO -- In his third game back from major reconstructive knee surgery, San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram finally cracked the starting lineup.

And Ingram didn’t take long to make an impact, beating Oakland right tackle Tony Pashos around the edge and stripping quarterback Matt McGloin of the football in the opening quarter. Oakland right guard Mike Brisiel recovered the fumble.

“I just came around the edge and just going hard, just going until the whistle,” Ingram said. “I feel like if you go hard enough, you will soon be rewarded.”

Ingram almost came up with his second sack, but McGloin escaped his grasp. In his most extensive playing time since being activated off the physically unable to perform list three weeks ago, Ingram finished with the sack and three tackles.

Ingram said that linebackers coach Joe Barry told him earlier this week that he would start against the Raiders.

“When I got to practice, Joe Barry just told me to get out there with the ones,” Ingram said. “So I just do whatever he tells me to do, try and go out there and just play hard.”

Ingram played just 13 plays in his first game back against the New York Giants. At Denver, his reps increased to 24 plays.

“He went by our tackles a couple times the first week, and we were thinking, ‘How long has this guy been out?’” San Diego coach Mike McCoy said about Ingram. “So the kid’s got a lot of confidence. And the sack-fumble today was big, that he got after the quarterback and hit him. Unfortunately we didn’t get it. But that was a big play for him, and we’ve just got to keep going.”