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Chargers Defense Shines Against Minnesota Vikings

Chargers defense forced four turnovers

By Amanda McCord
|  Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012  |  Updated 4:47 PM PDT
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The Chargers have lost at least two starting offensive players, Ryan Matthews and Vincent Brown, to injury during preseason play.

With such unexpected losses, fans were beginning to fear the regular season starting like they would Doomsday. 

The Bolts defense forced four turnovers Friday night in Minneapolis. 

Three were fumbles, one an interception by De'Andre Presley, and two of those were in the red zone in the second half. 

Not only were there forced turnovers, the Bolts got to Vikings quarterbacks five times during the game. Two of those by Larry English, who only played in 5 games during the 2011 season because of injury.

After his second sack Larry English was trending on Twitter in San Diego. If that doesn't say "I'm back," I don't know what does. 

Linebacker Melvin Ingram suffered a deep thigh bruise to his left leg after colliding with a Vikings blocker and had to be helped off the field. While his injury does not seem as foreboding as Matthews' and Brown's, it is another blow to the Chargers starting team.

Quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates did not see the field tonight and will likely not play against San Francisco next week either. No sense in endangering more starters. 

Find more articles, videos and images from San Diego Chargers practice sessions, post game, and along the sidelines during game time in our special section San Diego Chargers 

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