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Chargers confirm Melvin Ingram ACL tear

Melvin Ingram, Greg McElroy AP

The suspected news came in as bad as the Chargers feared, as the team has confirmed that last year’s first-round pick suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

That’s a huge blow for a team that now has a need for some more pass-rush help, at a time of year when not much is available.

Unless new Chargers GM Tom Telesco wants to reach back to his Indianapolis roots for Dwight Freeney, or make  a run at former Falcons defensive end John Abraham (who is less well-suited to play in a 3-4 defense, such that Freeney was), there’s not a lot of useful parts on the market at the moment.

It would help if 2009 first-rounder Larry English could be counted on, but his 8.5 sacks in four seasons effectively shows why they drafted Ingram last year.

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36 Responses to “Chargers confirm Melvin Ingram ACL tear”
  1. doe22us says: May 14, 2013 8:45 PM

    Ouch.. Larry English just like Robert Ayers in Denver useless picks.

  2. julianslick says: May 14, 2013 8:49 PM

    Huge blow to the San Diego defense; they now have no pass rush whatsoever. Here’s to Ingram having a speedy recovery.

  3. carlsbadboltfan says: May 14, 2013 8:53 PM

    The thought of English having to play scares me. Wonder what his cap hit would be if we cut English and went after Freeney, Abraham or Thomas.

  4. rpiotr01 says: May 14, 2013 8:54 PM

    Man, really sucks. Any news on how he tore it? I guess just planted his foot awkwardly.

  5. seatownballers says: May 14, 2013 8:54 PM

    This will be river’s last year with the chargers.
    Charger fans should be happy they’ll get the first overall pick in the next draft.
    I say this because,
    Injured running back
    Qb is past his prime
    Worst oline in nfl
    No receivers

    Rebuild is coming

  6. melkipershero says: May 14, 2013 8:55 PM

    Somewhere Freeny is smiling. He’s really not a good 3-4 OLB but SD is not in a position to be picky.

  7. cowboyscountry says: May 14, 2013 9:03 PM

    Yup, he’s a bust.

  8. u4iadman says: May 14, 2013 9:05 PM

    Very sorry to hear this, terrible news for the young man, regardless of what team he is on.
    Raids fan, but feel for Chargers here.

  9. bloggingpoodlewalker says: May 14, 2013 9:11 PM

    The Chargers will never win a damn thing.

  10. sdboltaction says: May 14, 2013 9:15 PM

    *Face Palm*

    I mean, come on, as a realistic Charger fan, I didn’t expect a whole heck of a lot this year, but still expected them to be decent. No pass rush now either? Dang, man. McCoy will definitely be tested.

  11. giantboy99 says: May 14, 2013 9:15 PM

    Sad to say but SD missed their window of opportunity. They should blow up the team and trade Rivers and start anew.

  12. 619sdfan4life says: May 14, 2013 9:21 PM

    Wow!!! Cannot believe this. It couldn’t have happen to a worse person. So sad. Melvin get better sir. Damn. Please pick up freeney that would be a great pick up, he has some left in the tank no doubt

  13. 619sdfan4life says: May 14, 2013 9:24 PM

    @seatown ballers. Seriously just keep your comments for Seattle articles. Rivers is not past his prime I’m sure he will prove that this year.

  14. rohlo says: May 14, 2013 9:28 PM

    injuries suck ..we didit need this on this team right now,but next man up( or should i say next man who isnt on the roster yet)..not holding my breath on english! telasco get off your arse and sign starks for LT .. wonder whos agent is on the phone with the chargers now? abraham,freeney, urlacher even though he isnt a de/lb.. abraham to me would be best casehe is the msot athletic of the list above currently at DE/LB…

  15. timbuttrum says: May 14, 2013 9:28 PM

    Sucks. Wouldn’t wish this on any team except for the Giants

  16. istateyourname says: May 14, 2013 9:28 PM

    The good news is that this will not affect the Chargers perennial status as pre-season Super Bowl favorites.

  17. @Cereal_22 says: May 14, 2013 9:29 PM

    That’s a shame, huge loss for them

  18. timtheenchanter1 says: May 14, 2013 9:31 PM

    seatownballers says:
    May 14, 2013 8:54 PM
    This will be river’s last year with the chargers.
    Charger fans should be happy they’ll get the first overall pick in the next draft…

    ———————————-
    Nah, Probably not even last place in their division with the Raiders stinking up the place. And that’s assuming KC bounces back too.

  19. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: May 14, 2013 9:50 PM

    If you put your ear to the ground in San Diego some say you can hear faintly, the words “Teddy Bridgewater.”

  20. boltstayinsd says: May 14, 2013 9:55 PM

    Well at least we have Larry English! Oh wait…

  21. vonpoleandynamite says: May 14, 2013 10:09 PM

    doe22us says:
    May 14, 2013 8:45 PM
    Ouch.. Larry English just like Robert Ayers in Denver useless picks.

    At Least Robert Ayers will have a good year this year, and Von Miller trumps English and Ingram.
    Denver Wins

  22. kcbaby58 says: May 14, 2013 10:12 PM

    Hate to see this. Feel your pain, but it is your turn charger nation!!

  23. hummer53 says: May 14, 2013 10:17 PM

    Not a Charger fan but that just sucks. Especially not in a game but in OTA. Good luck to him in rehab.

  24. ndgarretjax says: May 14, 2013 10:26 PM

    @seatownballers

    Worse OL than AZ?

  25. djstickypants says: May 14, 2013 10:29 PM

    Reid Hooper cries himself to sleep tonight.

  26. jameslongstaffe says: May 14, 2013 10:34 PM

    Play Larry English, give him a chance, that’s what I would do in this situation.

  27. peytonsneckl8 says: May 14, 2013 10:47 PM

    Sad but oh well. HTTR

  28. lobzila says: May 14, 2013 10:52 PM

    What, did he attend the Ryan Matthews school of conditioning and nutrition? Why are all the good players (Matthews did show some brillance on occasion he wasn’t hurt). This sucks for the Chargers as we won’t see Melvin back for at least a year. Urlacher is still on the market. He needs a job for at least a season. Hello Freeney? Bueller?

  29. icardfan says: May 14, 2013 10:53 PM

    Poor kid. I hope he comes back better than ever.

  30. National Fanatic says: May 14, 2013 10:53 PM

    Barns, GONE
    Phillips, GONE
    Ingram, GONE

    …injuries happen, but so does free agency. Telesco probably has already suspected all injuries and “what-if” scenarios, but this is a huge blow, and Ingram was the reason why Barns and Phillips were not resigned.

  31. jrebar88 says: May 14, 2013 10:54 PM

    At least they still have Shaun Phillips. Oops my bad. He left to join a real team. OrangeCrush.

  32. chargersdiehard says: May 14, 2013 11:06 PM

    Larry English do you hear that knock? Time to put or your big boy slacks.

  33. baselman1974 says: May 14, 2013 11:49 PM

    If you are a San Diego fan, then AJ Smith is public enemy #1. How could he leave this team in such shambles. No O-line, no WRs, no D-line. UGH!!!

  34. baselman1974 says: May 14, 2013 11:51 PM

    Oh I forgot. An RB who is always injured, and let Sproiles and Tomlinson go. Now I’m done with my rant.

  35. timocracy13 says: May 15, 2013 12:52 AM

    Here’s wishing Ingram a speedy recovery and that he’ll be able to show he was just as promising as Liuget. Chargers fans can at least take solace in the fact that the Lord of No Rings is gone.

  36. whatnojets says: May 15, 2013 8:49 AM

    Jets fan here but wish him a speedy recovery

    My heart bleeds for you Chargers fans

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