No word yet on if this is the same knee that gave him trouble at Alabama. After a mammoth sophomore season in which he won the Heisman Trophy, the following season at Alabama wasn't nearly as good in large part due to the fact that he had athroscopic knee surgery and was recovering from that during the 2010 season. A running back with knee issues is scary enough, but a running back with resurfacing knee issues that missed a large portion of last season due to turf toe is an even bigger worry. Ingram is now creeping dangerously close to the label that all players detest and teams fear greatly: "injury prone". Hard to call this an abberation when his knee already necessitated surgery in college and caused him to miss games, and now it will cost him 6 weeks.
The good news is this 6 week period will cost him hopefully no time in training camp, and it definitely shouldn't cost him any time in the season. We'll keep a close eye on how healthy he can remain in the 2012 season, though it's not off to a great start. At least the Saints have a good stable of backs around him to help with depth. Mark Ingram had a promising rookie season cut short by injury and there's a lot of reason for optimism that he can become an excellent player if he stays healthy. Problem is, that "if" quantifier is becoming more pronounced.
@MarijnPessers yeah... maybe Reggie was on to something with the grass. But if that's the case, Ingram is still playing on turf.
Doesn't say if he injuried it again. Sounds like a maintenance fix. Our team DRs are probably a step or two above the college MD. Still I share your concerns. I've question our conditioning staff before. Seems like we have a lot of players who suffer the same type injuries.
@cajuncommando58 If he's having surgery on it, then he's got pain at the very least that doesn't seem to be going away. They usually try to avoid surgery if they can. That's the nature of football to an extent. But guys that struggle to stay healthy don't normally just become healthy later in their career, it usually gets worse and worse. Obviously we're all hoping for the best, but this isn't good news since he's already recovering from what was a major injury and surgery with his toe.