For Melvin Ingram, severe injury not doom

May, 15, 2013
5/15/13
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Melvin Ingram is keeping his spirits up after recently tearing his ACL in a non-contact drill.

The Chargers linebacker, who will miss the 2013 season, has vowed to come back. One of the reasons why Ingram is so confident he will return is because he has already done so once in his football career.

The Chargers’ 2012 first-round pick saw his sophomore season at South Carolina end before it started. He missed the 2008 season after breaking his foot in the spring. He returned in 2009 and had three productive seasons at South Carolina. I think that experience will help Ingram get through this recovery. He knows success can be had after a lost season.

Meanwhile, former first-round pick Larry English believes he can help make up for the loss of Ingram. English has accomplished little in four seasons in the NFL.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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