“Mark will definitely be out for this week’s game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week. We will make every decision in the future based on what’s best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews on his progress. This is not an injury that will affect Mark’s future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame.”
The team is probably hoping that the relatively short time frame will mean Ingram is ready for the second game when #19 Penn State comes to Tuscaloosa. It sounds like Ingram’s injury might be a little more severe if it required two opinions.
But there is good news for the Crimson Tide. Sophomore Trent Richardson is ready to take the bulk of the snaps. Richardson was scheduled to split a lot of carries with Ingram anyway this season. As good as Ingram is and his 2009 season was, many are saying that Richardson could be more explosive and a touch more talented. Must be nice to lose your Heisman-winning running back (even for just one game potentially) and not really have to sweat it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that San Jose State is coming to town.
But will this hurt – or even kill – Ingram’s chances of
repeating as Heisman winner?
I believe so. The offense will plug in Richardson. McElroy will take on a little more responsibility. Even though it might only be for one game, there is no guarantee that Ingram won’t be out longer. He’s already prepared to share the carries and split time with Richardson. A porous San Jose State defense might have been just the thing to get some early padded stats. Not to mention that as the returning winner, Ingram will have to really wow the voters. Anything less than a more spectacular season is likely to be viewed as a disappointment for the voters.
As they say, only time will tell.