A bull of a pass-rusher at South Carolina, Melvin Ingram’s staking his claim at the outside linebacker spot in the NFL and on Sunday showed the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks they aren’t the only ones with a hard-hitting defense.

Ingram recorded four tackles and forced a Russell Wilson fumble on a sack in the second quarter. Ingram’s nearing full strength with San Diego after missing much of last season following a knee injury.

Other South Carolina notables:

  • Linebacker Jasper Brinkley, a six-year vet, posted a team-high 11 stops during Minnesota’s 30-7 loss to Tom Brady and the Patriots.
  • Texans safety D.J. Swearinger recorded three tackles and a forced fumble at Oakland. He suffered a minor elbow injury and is listed as probable for next week’s game.
  • After missing Week 1 with a groin pull, corner Stephon Gilmore returned for the Bills during a win over the Dolphins and made two stops.
  • Rookie wideout Bruce Ellington muffed a punt, but fell on the fumble during the 49ers’ loss to Chicago. He’s been targeted just once by Colin Kaepernick through two games.
  • Alshon Jeffery caught three passes for 47 yards — including a 29-yarder over fellow teammate Chris Culliver — during the Bears’ win at San Francisco.