Mark Ingram’s knee injury required surgery on Tuesday. Ingram’s knee injury was not good news, and after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning, will be sidelined when the Alabama Crimson Tide takes on San Jose State on Saturday. That is the only game that Alabama is confirming Ingram will miss, but it also seems likely that he would miss more action than that after having his knee go through a surgery like this. Maybe Alabama is trying to stay very positive about the prognosis on their star running back, but it would make sense for fans of the Crimson Tide to prepare for Ingram to be sidelined at more than one game.
According to ESPN, Ingram suffered the injury to his knee late in a Monday practice. ESPN quoted Alabama coach Nick Saban as stating it was a “situation where everyone thought it would be better to take care of now, so he would not have any issues with it later in the season.”
That’s an understatement there, and of course Alabama wants to make sure that Ingram gets back on the field as quickly as possible to ensure that they continue on their run toward repeat college football National Championships.
Last season for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ingram was the showcased running back, and ran his way right to the Heisman Trophy Award ceremony. Alabama won the college football national title on the back of Ingram, who had 1,658 rushing yards on 271 carries with 17 touchdowns. It was an extremely impressive season for the sophomore, and many analysts thought that he could return during the 2010 season to become only the second repeat winner of the Heisman Trophy. Now he will have to do it after recovering from knee surgery, and that definitely isn’t the easiest thing to do when you miss the cream-puff games on the schedule.
The first game of the season is Saturday, Sept. 4, for Alabama, when they will host San Jose State in a game they are supposed to win by more than 20 points. The second game of their season won’t be as much of a cake walk when they host the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, Sept. 11. They get to play both games at home, so at least they will have nice crowd support as they try to pick up the slack. And, with the great offensive line that they have at Alabama, Trent Richardson should do just fine running the plays in the absence of Ingram. How long he will have to do it is a better question.