Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mark Ingram Sidelined Following Knee Surgery

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Alabama Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday morning to repair damage to his left knee.

The surgery (which obviously caught fans by surprise) will force the Heisman winner to be sidelined for the early portion of the season.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Lyle Cain and Dr. James Andrews and was deemed a success.

Ingram reportedly injured his knee Monday afternoon in practice. However, no mention of Mark “being injured” came across the wire until news of the surgery.

The information concerning Ingram comes at a very critical time. Alabama will face a tough Penn State team on Sept. 11 and the absence of Ingram will certainly be a factor and an important storyline for that contest.

Running back Trent Richardson is more than capable and has shown his worth on numerous occasions, but nevertheless, the loss of Ingram certainly leaves ‘Bama fans with a “sour taste” just days before the start of the 2010 season.

The news is still early and only time will tell, but based on the knowledge of “routine” arthroscopic knee procedures, Ingram should return in time for the Arkansas game on Sept. 25.

The loss of Ingram will obviously place Trent Richardson in the starting role, but it will also “promote” Eddie Lacy to the second back in the rotation.

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