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Melvin Ingram on track to lead Chargers in defensive snaps

SAN DIEGO – With six games to go, the San Diego Chargers have a new defensive snaps leader -- Melvin Ingram.

Since 2008, safety Eric Weddle has led the Chargers in defensive snaps, averaging 937 snaps a year. But with Weddle missing two games with a groin injury, Ingram has played in 569 of San Diego’s 587 defensive snaps this year, or 97 percent.

Ingram already has played the most snaps this year that he has played in a single season during his four years in the NFL.

He’s second on the team in sacks with four and is third in combined tackles with 40, including a team-leading 12 tackles for loss.

Ingram also leads the Chargers in quarterback hits (16) and forced fumbles (two).

Ingram lost 20 pounds during the offseason heading into training camp. The drop in weight apparently has helped to keep him healthy, avoiding the nagging injuries that forced him to miss games in the past.

Here’s a closer look at the snap counts for the Chargers in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11:

OFFENSE (Based on 60 snaps)

QuarterbackPhilip Rivers 60.

Running backDanny Woodhead 33, Melvin Gordon 27.

Wide receiverDontrelle Inman 58, Stevie Johnson 55, Javontee Herndon 40, Tyrell Williams 4.

Tight endAntonio Gates 29, Ladarius Green 27, David Johnson 14, John Phillips 10.

Offensive lineOrlando Franklin 60, Trevor Robinson 60, D.J. Fluker 60, Joe Barksdale 40, King Dunlap 33, Chris Hairston 30, Kenny Wiggins 20.

Offensive analysis – The Chargers finished with 52 yards on 25 carries against Kansas City for 2.1 yards per carry, with a long of 10 yards. ... San Diego finished 4 of 13 (31 percent) on third down. ... Johnson was targeted a team-high eight times, finishing with seven catches for 54 yards. ... San Diego’s starting offensive line has made it through every snap in a game in just three of the team’s 10 contests this season. ... The Chargers failed to reach the red zone and score a touchdown in a game for the first time this season. ... Rivers was 5 of 9 for 69 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions on third down against Kansas City. He was not sacked, posting an 80.3 passer rating on third down.

DEFENSE (Based on 63 snaps)

LineKendall Reyes 44, Corey Liuget 44, Ricardo Mathews 32, Ryan Carrethers 18, Sean Lissemore 7.

Linebacker – Melvin Ingram 60, Manti Te'o 47, Jeremiah Attaochu 40, Denzel Perryman 33, Kyle Emanuel 27, Joe Mays 16, Donald Butler 16.

Secondary – Eric Weddle 63, Jason Verrett 61, Brandon Flowers 61, Patrick Robinson 45, Jahleel Addae 42, Jimmy Wilson 32, Darrell Stuckey 3, Steve Williams 2.

Defensive analysis – The Chargers have forced just two turnovers in the last five games. ... Butler’s 16 snaps is a season low. ... Kavell Conner was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. ... The Chargers gave up seven plays of at least 20 yards. ... Alex Smith was 5 of 8 for 53 yards, no interceptions and no touchdowns on third down against the Chargers. He was not sacked, posting an 81.8 passer rating on third down.