It had been 955 days since Cornelius Ingram suited up and played in a live football game before last Friday night's preseason opener against Jacksonville. The last time prior to that was on January 1, 2008 in the Capital One Bowl as a member of the Florida Gators.
After missing the last two seasons, including his first pro season, with a knee injury, just getting back on the field was a victory for Ingram.
"It's been a long and difficult two years. I was just trying to live in the moment and play ball, do what I've been doing," Ingram said. "It was very important for me. It had been a while. I really didn't care how many balls were thrown my way when I was in. I just wanted to get back in and it felt great. It was much needed."
Ingram didn't make any catches in the game, but that wasn't the most important thing for the coaches.
"He did a nice job of sustaining his blocks, and that's about half the battle in some of your zone schemes, and you don't get dismissed from the block by the defender," head coach Andy Reid said. "He did some good things there, some of the routes he did, those were good."
Ingram first tore the ACL in his knee prior to his senior year at Florida. A fifth-round pick in 2009, Ingram was the star of training camp before he re-tore the same ACL. At 6-4, 250 pounds, Ingram displayed immense athleticism for someone of his size.
He spent all of last season training with Stewart Bradley, who also was rehabbing an ACL injury, to be ready for training camp. Ingram did have some fluid buildup in the knee that seeped into his calf which caused him to miss some practice time, but he kept battling through. Ingram said that he's confident in the knee.
"I feel good. The knee is perfectly fine," Ingram said. "I'm definitely getting there. It's a tough battle. I'm not the only guy battling injuries in training camp anyways."
Now that he has the first game out of the way, let's see if he can get a pass thrown his way Friday night in Cincinnati.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:45 p.m., August 19