This just in: Mark Ingram suffered a knee injury at the end of Monday’s practice and will miss Saturday’s season-opener with San Jose State. That’s the word we’ve just received in a statement from Nick Saban.
According to the release, Ingram had his knee scoped Tuesday morning by the world-famous Dr. James Andrews.
“Mark will definitely be out for this week’s game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week, Saban said in the release. “We will make every decision in the future based on what’s best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews on his progress. This is not an injury that will affect Mark’s future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame.”
Update 11:56 a.m.: Here are a few resources on arthroscopic knee procedures courtesy of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. To put it simply, a knee scope is a minor procedure in which a tiny camera looks inside the patient’s knee for damage.
Update 12:05 p.m.: It is also interesting to note that this announcement was made the morning after the injury was suffered. Since there was no media access after the practice, Alabama had the option of holding onto this news until after the scope was performed.
Update 12:11 p.m.: Is this reason to freak out, Alabama fans? No. Not yet at least. There wasn’t much concern about the Tide’s chances against San Jose State (ranked 10th worst team in the country by ESPN) even with the scout team on the field.
Everyone knows Trent Richardson is for real, but how will he respond to being the featured back in the opener. This also means a lot for redshirt freshman Eddie Lacy who moves from third to second on the depth chart for Saturday.
Should Ingram remain sidelined for the Sept. 11 visit from Penn State, more issues crop up. Defenses might not have to split as much strategy between stopping both the pass and run without the double-headed monster in the backfield. But, we are getting a little ahead of ourselves already. The news of Ingram’s knee issue is only an hour old.
So, for now, breath easy Alabama.
Listen to Kevin Bacon: All is well.
Update 1:16 p.m.: I just through campus and the sky, in fact, has yet to fall.
Update 4:29 p.m.: No Ingram sightings on practice field during media viewing period. Please don’t be surprised.
Update 5:37 p.m.: “Mark Ingram” is officially the most searched term on the net, according to Google Trends.
Check back for more later.