Melvin Ingram is allowed to practice now, but he isn’t ready yet

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San Diego Charger pass rusher Melvin Ingram tore his ACL back in May during the second practice of OTAs. Many feared he was lost for the season and would be placed on injured-reserve.

He was instead placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the beginning of the season. Having that designation means that, even if healthy, the player can’t practice until after week six of the season but at least the player has the chance to return.

It’s week seven now and the Chargers are preparing to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars but they will do so without Ingram, according to the U-T San Diego’s Michael Gehlken.

Ingram, just five months removed from surgery, isn’t ready to practice yet. Lucky for Ingram, a new rule allows player placed on the PUP list five weeks, instead of the previous three, to return to practice. After the five-week period, the Chargers will have to either activate Ingram to the active roster or place him on injured-reserve.

The Chargers’ defense desperately need Ingram if they even want to think of the word playoffs. They lost Dwight Freeney, who was signed to fill in for Ingram, for the season to a leg injury. They were also without starting linebackers Donald Butler and Jarrett Johnson in their win against the Indianapolis Colts. While the defense was able to put pressure on Luck, they were only able to sack him once. To say the Chargers desperately need Ingram back actually sounds like an understatement now.

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