April 14th, 2011 10:08 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama
Tags: CT, Mark Ingram, Mike Mayock, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram might be set for a tumble on draft day due to a past injury. According to ProFootballTalk.com, the NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi said during Wednesday night television show that he has “had two teams tell me the knee is very bad.”
In fact, Lombardi said the ex-Tide back “won’t be on their draft boards,” stating also that “these are teams that need running backs.” Mike Mayock, also of the NFL Network, says Ingram might drop out of the first round of the draft even if he were fully healthy.
The tailback was believed to be visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday.
Ingram had arthroscopic knee surgery last August and sat out Alabama’s first two games of the 2010 season. His average per carry dropped from 6.12 in 2009 to 5.54 last year. That’s hardly a major decline.
But when it comes to investing millions of dollars in players/commodities, teams pay awfully close attention to X-rays and CT scans. In Ingram’s case, it appears those X-rays are speaking more loudly than his past accomplishments in the nation’s toughest conference.
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