Aug 252010

Eagles TE Cornelius Ingram

August 25 Philadelphia Inquirer

“When you see Cornelius Ingram practicing, two things are impossible to ignore – he’s running nowhere near 100 percent and he has an inflamed left calf.

Despite a calf that has swelled considerably, the Eagles tight end, who is trying to come back from back-to-back left knee surgeries, continues to practice.

“Being off for two years, I don’t want to let anything as small as this affect what I’m doing,” Ingram said Tuesday after practice at the NovaCare Complex. “I’m just trying to stay positive and stay out here on the field, because it’s one of those things where it’s going to go away on its own.”

Ingram said that he had an ultrasound of his knee and calf last week and that the Eagles’ medical staff found only a buildup of fluid. He said the team’s trainers said the inflammation will eventually subside and “bust like a balloon on its own.”

Until then, the second-year tight end is biding his time. He hardly played in the second preseason game last week and has really only been able to work on his blocking this week.

The coaches are “not trying to put me in all the pass plays because they know I can’t really run full speed,” Ingram said. “They’re definitely helping me out.”

Ingram was a bit of a training-camp wonder last year until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight August. He battled back and was able to practice at minicamp in the spring, but rookie Clay Harbor has supplanted him as the backup tight end to Brent Celek.

There’s been speculation that Ingram may be placed on injured reserve for the second straight year, or on the practice squad or maybe even released.

“It’s kind of frustrating,” Ingram said of the calf injury, “because I know I have a lot in me. But until that time comes, I won’t be able to show it.””

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