According to an article by Michael Gehlken on utsandiego.com, “Melvin Ingram’s road to recovery began Tuesday. The possibility it could lead to him playing in 2013, while unlikely, has not been ruled out.”
“While San Diego is preparing to be without the pass rusher for all of the 2013 season, officially signing pass rusher Dwight Freeney on Monday, some at Chargers Park have not eliminated the possibility Ingram could salvage the final portion of his second NFL season. It is a credit to Ingram, they say, knowing his mindset, work ethic and athletic ability that they won’t officially put it past him.”
Ingram had nine sacks in 2010 with the South Carolina Gamecocks and was a Consensus All-American in 2011 when he had 10 sacks and two interceptions. Ingram’s success in college did not translate to immediate success in the NFL as he had a half sack against the Cleveland Browns and a half sack against the New York Jets for a total of one in 16 games a year ago.
There were higher expectations for Ingram this season as he was expected to go from making one start last year to being one of San Diego’s primary starters at OLB.
Even if Ingram is cleared by doctors, he should sit out for the 2013 season because his long term health is more important than risking injury to play in games that might not matter to the team.
Ingram is the seventh Charger in the last eight seasons chosen in the first round to suffer a significant injury or injuries. San Diego should take their time in bringing Ingram back because he will have two years left on his deal after 2013 which will be more than enough time to determine if he has a future with the team.