Rookie tight end Cornelius Ingram's ACL injury was certainly a setback for a player who showed tremendous promise and potential here at training camp. It remains to be seen whether Ingram will be done for the entire 2009 season. But just because he tore the ACL in his left knee for the second consecutive season, Ingram's career is certainly not over before it starts.
All you have to do is look at a former Eagle - Correll Buckhalter.
Buckhalter tore the ACL in his left knee in 2002. He bounced back in 2003 to rush for 542 yards and scored a total of nine touchdowns as part of the Eagles' three-headed monster in the backfield. However, Buckhalter tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in the 2004 preseason and again in the 2005 preseason. Numerous people counted Buckhalter out. But Buckhalter battled and averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 2007, a career high, while playing in 14 games. He tallied the fourth 100-yard rushing effort of his career during that campaign. Buckhalter came back looking for more in 2008 and had career highs in catches (26), receiving yards (324) and receiving touchdowns (2). He also had 369 rushing yards (4.9 yards per carry) and four total touchdowns including Donovan McNabb's franchise-record breaking score against the Steelers.
Buckhalter was signed by the Broncos in the off-season and has shared the first-team reps with Lamont Jordan at training camp. He is expected to remain in the mix for the starting job despite the signing of first-round draft pick Knowshon Moreno. In fact, head coach Josh McDaniels recently remarked that Buckhalter might be the "fastest back" on the team.
Bottom line - if Ingram puts in the hard work and effort again, he will put himself in a position where he can make an impact on this team. We just have to wait a little bit longer than we hoped for.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:27 p.m., August 8