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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Eagles suffer another setback

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The nightmare that is the Eagles' '09 training camp continued Saturday with the news that rookie tight end Cornelius Ingram out of Florida tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will likely miss the entire season. Ingram, a fifth-round pick, suffered the same injury before Florida's '08 season and he has to be wondering if he has a future in the NFL.

"It was in a goal-line drill," coach Andy Reid said. "He just hyperextended it and it popped on him. Obviously it's a shame for the kid. He's a great kid and he's worked hard. He was doing some good things."

The Eagles were hoping Ingram's athleticism would be the perfect complement to the sure-handed Brent Celek. Now the tight end situation looks pretty dicey. The Eagles immediately signed a rookie free agent named Rob Myers, but he couldn't even make it to camp with the New York Jets.

For the Eagles, it's the second season-ending ACL injury in the past week. Starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley will miss the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Bradley will likely be able to return next season, but with Ingram, you have to wonder if he'll overcome this latest setback. He's a player who relies on his speed and leaping ability. I think he would've been a second-round pick or better if he'd played his final season at Florida. But the injury drove down his stock. And now we won't see him until the 2010 season at the earliest.

I'm sure Andy Reid and the rest of the Eagles must be thinking "what's next?"