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Friday, October 12, 2012
Melvin Ingram fined for Drew Brees hit

By Bill Williamson

Melvin Ingram's hit on Drew Brees on Sunday night cost the San Diego Chargers.

On Friday, it cost Ingram. The NFL said it fined the rookie pass-rusher $15,750 for roughing the passer. He struck Brees in the head and neck area.

Ingram was penalized 15 yards on a play that wiped out an interception return for a touchdown that would have given the Chargers a 31-14 lead over the Saints in the second half. The Saints caught fire after the penalty and rallied to win, 31-24.

In other AFC West news:

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said Friday that safety Kendrick Lewis will play for the first time this season Sunday at Tampa Bay. He injured his shoulder in the preseason. Receiver Jon Baldwin (hamstring) is questionable. As expected, running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) will not play Sunday. They could return Oct. 28 at home against Oakland. The Chiefs have a bye next week.

Denver left tackle Ryan Clady tweaked his hamstring this week and he did not practice Thursday. He will be monitored going into Monday night’s game at San Diego. Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas (hip) and linebacker Keith Brooking (concussion) practiced fully Friday after they were both limited Thursday.

For San Diego, left tackle Jared Gaither (groin) did not practice for the second straight day with a groin injury. Receiver Eddie Royal (hamstring) did not practice Friday after being limited Thursday and receiver Malcom Floyd (groin) was limited.

For Oakland, tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) has been ruled out of the game at Atlanta on Sunday and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (foot) is questionable.