Aug 092010

August 9 Philadelphia Daily News

Cornelius Ingram last played in a football game 31 months-and-change ago. Ingram caught one Tim Tebow pass, for 17 yards, as his Florida Gators were upset by Michigan, 41-35, on Jan. 1, 2008, in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

So Ingram is a tad antsy for Friday’s preseason opener against Jacksonville at Lincoln Financial Field. Maybe more than a tad.

“I’m very excited,” Ingram said yesterday. “It’s been a long time. A long time. Regardless of going through training camp again, in full pads, you’re doing a lot of stuff – it’s still different from a game.”

Ingram fell to the Birds in the fifth round of the 2009 draft because he had missed his senior season with an ACL injury. More damning was that teams who saw his MRIs felt the ACL graft he’d gotten was done in such a way that the ligament probably would rupture again. Sure enough, it did, just about exactly a year ago, cutting short a promising camp for a 6-4, 250-pound tight end who looked like a playmaker.

Frankly, in minicamps and in the early workouts here at Lehigh, Ingram didn’t impress the way he did a year ago, but he started to pick up toward the end of last week. Then he sat out yesterday; the Eagles said they were being cautious with his knee, but Ingram, who worked out with injured players yesterday afternoon, said the problem actually was an extremely minor calf strain. He said he felt it was caused by the way ice bags were tightly taped to his calf, to keep his knee from swelling.

“I’ll be back out there tomorrow,” Ingram said. “A lot of the tape and stuff they wrap around my leg, actually cut off the circulation . . . Calf just swelled up. But knee feels great.””

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