Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) in the rain during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Confirm Melvin Ingram Has Torn ACL, Likely Out for 2013 Season

The San Diego Chargers put together an excellent draft this season, but while they were looking forward to meshing their rookies with a young and rising players on both sides of the ball, that plan took a major blow when it was announced that Melvin Ingram tore his ACL at Chargers OTA’s on Tuesday and will likely miss the entire 2013 season now.

The Chargers passed on a pass rushing prospect at the top of the draft to select D.J. Fluker to boost the Chargers offensive production. But they did so assuming Melvin Ingram would be providing an edge rushing presence on the defensive line and now that’s just not going to be the case. Even with Ingram healthy the Chargers needed help with pass rush and that need is only amplified with his loss.

Ingram’s injury means the Chargers may now give a serious look at Dwight Freeney or John Abraham, both of whom are veterans and still free agents. If they don’t look that way, there’s virtually no help on the roster and very little beyond Freeney and Abraham on the open market.

Things were finally looking like they were turning around for the Chargers, but like the cursed franchise they are something has gone wrong and is attempting to derail their season before it even starts.

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