"It was one of those things that was just naggin', naggin', naggin'. In the middle of the process, it was almost like I could feel everything deflate. Feeling better, already. I feel 10 times better than I did the other day. Calf's gone down a lot."
Ingram tore the ACL in his left knee each of the past 2 years. The fluid in his knee and calf began bothering him early in this training camp, keeping him from becoming a factor at the tight-end position. Right now, it seems most likely that the Birds will either IR Ingram again, leading to another lost season, or cut him, perhaps with the thought that they ought to be able to bring him back for the practice squad; chances are, despite his strong college career at Florida, Ingram hasn't been healthy and sharp enough this year to interest anyone else.
"I'm definitely playing," in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets, Ingram said. But Brent Celek and Clay Harbor seem pretty well established ahead of Ingram at tight end. The Eagles also have Nate Lawrie. They are expected to move for a veteran at some point before practice starts next week for the Sept. 12 season opener against Green Bay.
Ingram acknowleged that the cyst can come back. Obviously, the fact that it formed at all doesn't say great things about the long-term prospects for his scarred knee.
"We're definitely going to stay on top of it," Ingram said.
Asked if his recovery has seemed like one thing after another, he said: "It has. It's just something I have to deal with. Just try to put everything to the side and practice as hard as I can, go as hard as I can whenever I have an opportunity to do so . . . I feel good now, and that's the important thing."
The route whisperer
One-on-one route-running drills yesterday, Jason Avant comes off the line, Asante Samuel, watching from the near sideline, yells "Double hitch! Double hitch!" Sure enough, Avant runs a double hitch, Trevard Lindley deflects the ball away.
"How'd you know that?" wideouts coach David Culley demands.
"I know everybody's phone number over there," Samuel answers. "I got everybody's seven-digit."
Running for cover
Even though they had David Akers kicking off directionally, the Eagles' kick coverage Friday in Kansas City again was terrible, with Chiefs rookie Dexter McCluster averaging 37 yards on three returns.
"I think we've had chances to make a few plays and they've broken a few tackles," rookie safety Kurt Coleman said. "We're getting down there; you've just got to be able to make a play. I wouldn't be concerned about it. I think the coaches will continue to stress it, and we'll work on it a lot during practice, and I feel like we've actually gotten better from the first week . . . as we finalize this roster, we'll be able to put the best people out there."
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