Melvin Ingram can expect a FedEx from the league office.
The Chargers’ edge rusher committed a dirty play in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s season-opener against the Broncos, when he launched head-first into the neck area of quarterback Trevor Siemian — targeting, in other words.
Here’s the footage, in case you missed it:
@dmac1043 How many games will the NFL suspend Chargers Melvin Ingram for this cheap shot? pic.twitter.com/U11NQKizYw
– David Reeb (@DavidReeb)September 12, 2017
Ingram was flagged for roughing the passer, but his wallet is likely to take a hit, as well. Former NFL vice president of officiating and current FOX Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira predicts the cheap shot will draw a fine.
It wasn’t missed. It was called and the penalty yardage was added on to the completion. It will get fined.
– Mike Pereira (@MikePereira)September 12, 2017
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This wouldn’t be the first such penalty for Ingram, who in 2012 was docked more than $15,000 for lowering the crown of his helmet into the chin of Saints QB .
It was eerily similar to his hit on Siemian.
The NFL needs to take a hard, long look at their options with Ingram to ensure this doesn’t happen again. It’s obvious that merely fining him a chunk of his game salary hasn’t deterred his illegal play.
Despite absorbing multiple blows throughout the night, Siemian emerged from the Week 1 win unscathed, looking no worse for wear. But Broncos coach Vance Joseph admitted they “absolutely” must ensure their starting signal-caller remains upright going forward.
“The pass protection was not that good,” Joseph said Tuesday. “Again, we were facing two elite rushers in [OLB Melvin] Ingram and [DE Joey] Bosa. We knew it was going to be a chore, but we have to be better there. It was too much pressure on [QB] Trevor [Siemian]. There were too many whiffs as far as blocking those speed rushers. It’s got to get better.”
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