The San Diego Chargers confirmed today that former USC star Melvin Ingram tore the ACL in his left knee during an organized team activity (OTA) Tuesday. Ingram was preparing for his second season in San Diego, but this injury will probably keep him off the field in 2013.
The Chargers selected Ingram in the first round of the 2012 draft after his monster senior season with the Gamecocks. Last season he played in all 16 games for the Bolts and finished with one sack. Despite the low sack total the San Diego Union- Tribune reported Monday that Chargers coach Mike McCoy was expecting a breakout season from Ingram because he finished the season with a team-high 29 quarterback hurries.
“We talk about it all the time as a staff: the best coverage is a good pass rush,” McCoy said. “When you have someone like that coming off the edge, his ability to get to the passer, that’s key for our system and our success. There are some very good quarterbacks we play against, and we have to get pressure on them.”
Ingram is 24 years old. A timetable for his return will be determined after he has surgery.