Tag:Mark Ingram injury
Posted on: September 18, 2010 4:25 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:53 pm

Welcome back, Mark Ingram

Posted by Chip Patterson

HALFTIME UPDATE: Alabama heads into half leading Duke 45-13.  Starting quarterback Greg McElroy has already been pulled for the day, and it looks like Ingram will share the same fate.  If so, his final stat line will read seven rushes for 148 yards and two touchdowns, with much of that being after first contact.  Nick Saban addressed his personnel situation with sideline reporter Jenn Brown before heading to the locker room.  "We'll decide at halftime what we do with our players," Saban said.  "I think [Ingram] has played enough."  

Even if it was only flashes, seeing Ingram back on the field was a friendly reminder of how powerful the Crimson Tide offensive attack can be.  Greg McElory has added thrown three touchdowns and the Trent Richardson took a bobbled kick return 91 yards to the house.  Won't be surprised to see almost all second and third stringers on the field in the second half, as Saban will likely use the remainder of the game to learn more about his squad.

UPDATE: Ingram hasn't stopped, yard now the yards total 148.  Best thing for Tide fans is to see how Ingram is running after contact, one of his most valuable assets.  He has been doing Ingram things, bouncing off defenders and cutting through blocks flawlessly.  He has shown no signs yet of any complications, and Alabama leads 35-3 with 9:00 left in the second quarter.

Mark Ingram is just fine, thanks for asking.

The defending Heisman Trophy winner picked up where he left off in 2009 with an dominating first quarter against Duke.  Ingram took his first touch 48 yards on the first play of the game and never looked back.  With just over three minutes left in the first quarter, Ingram has rushed for 119 yards on five carries and scored twice.  Alabama is seemingly having their way with the Duke defense, piling up 247 total yards and taking a 28-3 lead.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:02 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 3:22 pm

Mark Ingram will start against Duke

Posted by Chip Patterson

Mark Ingram's speedy recovery from knee surgery only kept him out for the Alabama's first two games.  After completing a full week of practice and "looking good" while doing it, Ingram will return to the field for the first time since accepting the national championship in January.

Ingram can be found in his old stomping ground on Saturday, back in the starting lineup.  Ingram's starting spot has been kept warm by sophomore phenom Trent Richardson.  Now with the Heisman Trophy winner sharing carries with Richardson, Alabama's rushing attack quickly jumps from "one of the best" in the nation to "the rushing attack."

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:47 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 9:52 am

Ingram's return seems likely for Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

Alabama has been able to handily take care of their first two opponents without the presence of defending Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, who has missed time rehabbing from arthroscopic knee surgery.  Backup running back Trent Richardson (if we can even call him a backup) has thrived in his new starter position, averaging 6.6 yards per carry so far this season.  

Ingram returned to practice earlier this week, and all signs seem to be pointing towards him returning to the Crimson Tide lineup this weekend against Duke.

“He looks good. He’s excited to be back (and) we’re certainly thrilled to have him back,” Crimson Tide center William Vlachos said. “How much he’ll play, I don’t know. But he’s practiced the last two days, and he’s looked good. His spirits are high.”

In Ingram’s absence, sophomore Trent Richardson has averaged more than 100 yards per game, but Richardson is glad to have one of his closest friends on the team back just the same.

“It doesn’t look like he had any surgery, or that anything happened to him,” Richardson said.

“I’m very excited he’s come back. I (texted) him just last night, and said, ‘Glad to have you back, big bro.’ There’s nothing like having him in the backfield with me.”
Any doubts about Alabama's place atop the polls has been put to rest with two convincing wins against San Jose State and Penn State.  The Alabama defense has yet to allow a touchdown all season, and with Ingram healthy they carry arguably the two of the best running backs in the nation.  Some would even contend that Ingram is one of the best players in the nation and still isn't even the best running back on his own team.  

Regardless of how you would rank them, the Crimson Tide are better with Ingram in the lineup, and they've looked awfully good without him.  It would not be a surprise to see him take the field in limited action this week to get some game experience under his belt.  Duke's defense gave up 54 points to Wake Forest and 27 to Elon, currently resting them at 114th in the nation in points against.  This should be a good warm up so that Ingram does not have to see his first action at No. 12 Arkansas next week in Fayetteville.

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:19 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 1:26 pm

Saban: Ingram's status still unknown for Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

Alabama didn't need the services of their Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram in the 48-3 route of San Jose State.  They didn't even need more than two quarters out of his backup, Trent Richardson.  

The running back duties were split in the second half between Eddie Lacey and Demetrius Goode, and the pair were able to combine for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  It's fair to say that the Tide are deep at the running back position, but they cannot expect that kind of production against teams all season long.  

Ingram, who is rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, watched the game from the sideline but did not dress out.  His official status is week-to-week, but head coach Nick Saban will not make a prediction as to whether he will return for Alabama's game against Penn State on Saturday.

"I don't know if he'll be able to play in this game. It depends on how he reacts to every day, and nobody really knows how that's going to be," Saban said. "It would probably be a little bit of a stretch for everything to go perfectly, but that's where it is. That's all anybody knows right now so that's all anybody can say. I'm not making any predictions on any hypothetical situations."
Doesn't sound like Saban has all that much faith that Ingram will return against the Nittany Lions.  Ingram could potentially have the opportunity to give his knee another week to rehab if he were to sit out a third week when Alabama travels to play at Duke.  That way Ingram could try to be 100% when the Tide begin their grueling conference schedule that begins September 25 at Arkansas.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin)   

Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:43 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 11:24 am

Ingram "doing extremely well" after knee surgery

Posted by Chip Patterson

Okay Alabama fans you can stop holding your breath, your star is just fine.

The defending national champs and top-ranked team in the nation received quite the scare with the news that running back Mark Ingram, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.  

But when head coach Nick Saban addressed the media after Wednesday's practice, he seemed very optimistic about Ingram's recovery.

"Mark is doing extremely well," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said after practice Wednesday. "He didn't have a lot of swelling, which is a good sign. That has a lot to do with how quickly he can come back."
"He's been here, but he hasn't been on the field because we're trying to keep him off his leg so he doesn't get the swelling," Saban said, "and (he) has been really working hard on the treatment."

Ingram was already ruled out for San Jose State this Saturday and is officially listed as week-to-week.  One advantage Tide fans do have is second string running back Trent Richardson.  Richardson ran for 751 yards and 8 touchdowns last season, not too shabby for a true freshman backing up the Heisman Trophy winner.

Richardson could easily be the starting running back on many teams in the FBS, and having him allows Nick Saban to possibly be more cautious bringing Ingram back to the field.  After minor surgeries like this it is not uncommon to see players can be back on the field in as soon as 1-2 weeks.  But with Alabama's schedule Saban could afford to let Ingram rehab for longer.  

After San Jose State, the Tide will host No. 19 Penn State in Tuscaloosa followed by a trip to Duke on September 18.  Letting Ingram rest for the first three weeks would allow him to come back full strength when Alabama faces a tough back-to-back at No. 17 Arkansas and hosting No. 4 Florida.

VIDEO: Our own Tony Barnhart discusses Ingram's absence and the upcoming season with Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:35 pm

Ingram undergoes knee surgery, will miss opener

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: Dennis Dodd breaks down the implications of Ingram's injury on the beginning of Alabama's schedule.

While Alabama is currently sitting atop most major preseason polls, there certainly are some doubters as to whether the Crimson Tide will still be there at the end of the season.  There are questions on defense, particularly in the secondary, but at least Alabama could count on an offense headlined by Julio Jones, Trent Richardson, and 2009 Heisman Trophy Winner Mark Ingram.

But the Tide suffered their first major scare of the 2010 season when Mark Ingram went down with a knee injury in Monday's practice.  Head coach Nick Saban addressed the issue in an official release from the university.

"Mark Ingram sustained a left knee injury late in Monday's practice. It was a situation where everyone involved thought it would be better to take care of now, so he would not have any issues with it later in the season.

"Mark had an arthroscopic procedure this morning with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews and it was successful. We have full confidence in our medical staff and we know the doctors and athletic trainers will do an outstanding job in taking care of Mark and assisting him in his rehab.

"Mark will definitely be out for this week's game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week. We will make every decision in the future based on what's best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews on his progress. This is not an injury that will affect Mark's future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame."

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