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Chargers aren’t ready to count Ingram out yet

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The Chargers got replacement pass-rusher Dwight Freeney into town almost immediately after Melvin Ingram suffered a torn ACL.

But according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, Chargers officials haven’t ruled out getting Ingram back on the field this year.

Ingram had surgery today, and let’s face it, a six-month rehab for Ingram would be the best-case scenario. That would put him back in late November, and doesn’t consider time for conditioning.

But because the team respects Ingram’s work ethic and athleticism, they’re willing to consider it.

The other advantage for leaving the door open is psychological, as such a statement can be a confidence-booster for a player who just suffered a serious injury.

With the injured reserve-designated for return slot available to them, there’s no point to make a decision now. If they need it later for a shorter-term injury, so be it.

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11 Responses to “Chargers aren’t ready to count Ingram out yet”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: May 21, 2013 4:22 PM

    Chargers banking on Ingram making it back for a deep *snickers* playoff run.

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 21, 2013 4:23 PM

    I wish Ingram the best for a speedy recovery. A fun player to watch in college football and he will be fun to watch in the NFL too.

  3. ambitoos says: May 21, 2013 4:40 PM

    But because the team respects Ingram’s work ethic and athleticism, they’re willing to consider it. If anybody can make it, it will be Ingram.

  4. briscocountyjr says: May 21, 2013 4:42 PM

    Maybe they’re rolling out the new hybrid, rehab+play in games approach? It’s revolutionary

  5. dylanssongwriter says: May 21, 2013 4:43 PM

    If he is doing half jumping jacks at a pep rally in mid August he should be good to go.

  6. hendeeze says: May 21, 2013 4:45 PM

    Anyone else think he resembles Bernie Mac in that photo

  7. gbatap says: May 21, 2013 4:46 PM

    Just call up AP and find out what HGH he used and Ingram will be ready to go week 1.

  8. richmondbolt says: May 21, 2013 4:52 PM

    Would be nice to have him back before the end of the season, but It’s not going to happen. Dude’s 260 pounds. This isn’t little RG3 or slightly bigger Peterson. No need to rush back. Be ready for 2014.

  9. jman667 says: May 21, 2013 5:09 PM

    Great thing is this injury isn’t what it used to be. However, they need to make sure he recovers fully before pushing him.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: May 21, 2013 6:15 PM

    Doctors feel his knee will be as good as new after the surgery, but unfortunately they can’t do anything about his short arms.

  11. lobzila says: May 21, 2013 10:07 PM

    As a Charger Fan, I am just grateful they did not go the Merrimen route and let him play on his bum knee for half the season, then get surgery. Please, please don’t bring him back until he is healthly. The team is rebuilding, best case scenario is a wild card round in the playoffs. Probably won’t happen, but there is hope.

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