It's been 2 1/2 years since TE Cornelius Ingram played a down of football.
Two anterior cruciate ligament injuries threw Ingram into a black hole of misery. Surgery and rehab. Rehab and surgery. Ingram's career to this point has been doomed, it seems. After missing his senior season at Florida with a torn left ACL, Ingram fell to the Eagles in the fifth round of the draft in 2009. He made it to August - almost a year to the day from the injury - and tore that same ACL.
Back to the knife. Back to waiting. He is sick of it. He is ready to prove to everyone - once and for all - that he can play.
If healthy, Ingram had a chance to take over at TE in 2008, a position the Birds really needed help entering that season after finally escaping LJ Smith. But after Ingram got hurt in training camp that year, it really opened the door for Brent Celek, who became a fantasy stud in 2009 and is poised for similar numbers this season.