Melvin Ingram injury: Chargers LB could return in 2013

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The second-year linebacker tore his ACL last week, but the recovery time could have him ready for a return by November.

Even after his ACL tear last week, the San Diego Chargers are holding out hope that Melvin Ingram will play at some point in 2013, according to UTSanDiego.com. Ingram has a best-case scenario of six months recovery time, and that would have him available to play in November.

While that is still up in the air, one thing that is for certain is that San Diego needs Ingram on its defense. Antwan Barnes and Shaun Phillips departed during free agency, leaving a gaping hole at linebacker that Ingram, a 2012 first-round pick, was expected to fill.

As a rookie, Ingram did not make the impact that San Diego expected he would. He recorded just one sack and 41 tackles in his first year with the team. An enhanced role, though, had expectations high for Ingram.

Even if Ingram is healthy enough to make it back at some point, he could still be placed on injured reserve if a roster spot is needed.

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