Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) lines up opposite Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer (68) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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Chargers LB Melvin Ingram tears his ACL during OTA practice
Yahoo! Sports (blog)
According to official NFL playing-time documents, Ingram logged just 43.61 percent of the Chargers‘ defensive snaps. Ingram’s one quarterback sack in 2012 was comprised of two shared sacks. The first half-sack came in a 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns 

Chuck Muncie Dies At Age 60
“Everyone at the Chargers is deeply saddened by the passing of Chuck Muncie, one of the greatest running backs in Chargers history,” the team said in a statement. “We will remember him as a tremendous athlete with a larger-than-life personality. It’s a 

Chargers quickly focus on Freeney
ESPN (blog)
Hours after losing key pass-rusher Melvin Ingram for the 2013 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in a non-contact drill, the San Diego Chargers general manager is bringing in Dwight Freeney in for a visit Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam 

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram Reportedly Suffers Serious Knee Injury
Bleacher Report
San Diego Chargers defensive end/linebacker Melvin Ingram suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Tuesday afternoon, a huge blow to the team’s offseason activities and one that could have far-reaching effects on the defense in 2013. San Diego’s 

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram tears ACL during practice – USA Today
The San Diego Chargers were hoping 2013 would be a breakout year for outside linebacker Melvin Ingram. It will have to wait. Ingram, a first-round pick in 2012, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a non-contract practice Tuesday 

Chargers LB Melvin Ingram tears ligament in left knee, season could be in 
Washington Post
SAN DIEGO — Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, putting his season in jeopardy. The Chargers announced that Ingram was hurt Tuesday morning during an organized team activity practice.

Former Saints, Chargers running back Chuck Muncie dies at 60
Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Muncie spent the first four-plus seasons of his career with the Saints, rushing for 3,393 yards and 28 touchdowns in 59 games and earned Pro Bowl honors in 1979 before he was traded to the Chargers midway through the 1980 season. Muncie ranks fifth in 

Chuck Muncie dies at 60; Saints and Chargers running back
Los Angeles Times
Chuck Muncie, a star running back with the New Orleans Saints and the San DiegoChargers who overcame a cocaine habit that ended his career and then devoted his later life to helping others avoid drug abuse, has died. He was 60. Muncie died Monday of 


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  • Joan Manuel Martinez

    Crappy day…

  • Stefanie Smith

    Ernie or anyone out there: This has no basis in scientific fact, but I was thinking about this. The new young athletes are built like the sides of Mt Rushmore–huge and they look strong… but then you find out they cannot hold up. This is not just happening on the Chargers, but these guys are falling apart fast. I think DeCastro, the rookie on the Steelers last year, got all of 3 or four plays and was out for the season. There are numerous examples out there. We have three: Brown, Matthews, and now Ingram.

    I wonder if the steroids, or PEDs they may be taking give them the bulk, but the side effect or negative consequence is the frail internal physique. These young guys are falling apart with really not too much of a beating and quickly.

    When you think about it, for as little as Ingram played, and the “light” aspect of OTAs,, the odds of Ingram getting an ACL tear at this point should have been slim. (Unless he was already injured, had a preexisting physical issue)… something., He got this injury in a non-contact drill—can you imagine how he might physically disintegrate with a contact drill?

    • Peter Thompson

      Definitely food for thought. I was even thinking it may have something to do with the new practice field? You don’t necessarily need to have contact with another player to tear an ACL. If your cleat sticks this way, and you go that way.. it could easily tear. Happens in soccer all of the time.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Yeah. Maybe. Just strange, that these young guys are getting hurt so quickly and easily. There are tons of rookies that were out for the season from the 2012 draft all throughout the NFL. It’s weird.

        • nativesandiegan

          Actually seems to happen nearly every year; at least 1 or 2 high picks go down. Also that one great free-agent signing that will put a team over the top and into the Super Bowl. Could be a myriad of reasons. New turf/grass, rookies training for combine & Pro Day instead of for football, players not in good enough shape, or just chance. In the not-so-distant past: steroids. Seems to have been happening with regularity at least the last 10 years to one team or another.

      • tubbs45

        If i read the story about what happened correctly MI and JJ were rushing PR. MI blew past Fluke and got a touch sack on PR. Then MI and JJ smashed into each other trying to let up after the touch sack. both fell to the ground in pain… JJ remains on the field MI tears ACL.

        • Stefanie Smith

          tubbs: Do you think it is strange that these guys aren’t holding up? This is not unique to the Chargers. There is a good bunch of 2012 rookies on IR. DeCastro comes to mind as I pointed out.

          Why does Matthews break so many bones and so often? Are his bones brittle or soft? I am not trying to be a snit when I pose these questions.

          Side note: If your recollection is on the money–then it is interesting (not in a good way) that MI blew right past Fluker. At least McCoy and company are seeing it now, so Fluker can correct that.

          • tubbs45

            I know we got new strength and conditioning staff. I have long believed that whatever we were doing for preparation for game day was weak and not enough. 2 years ago we had 8 inactive players all out with hamstring injuries. sure it could have been coincidence, it could be the type of players we bring in to the compound. whatever it is, it is not working. I’m not a strength and conditioning coach, but come on!!!

            DeCastro was really bad luck, but when another 300+ O Linemen get body slammed on your leg something is gonna break. It was like Vincent Brown’s injury, that was just misfortune to have a defensive back land when your cleat is fully engaged at just the right moment to snap your leg.

        • Peter Thompson

          Thanks Tubbs. I was going to ask what actually happened. That sounds like two freight trains colliding by accident.

        • tubbs45

          Gelkin is reporting that his ACL popped on a left foot plant bending the corner. no collision with JJ, when he hit the ground, he tumbled towards several other players, JJ was on the opposite side (not close).

  • Lee

    sad day for the chargers… :(

  • Saul Lopez

    Was really looking forward to watching Melvin this year. Damn!! Sucks!!

  • Stefanie Smith

    Hey, a short trip down Memory Lane. …remember when we were kind of thinking that signing Rolando McClain might be a possibility? Ravens thought so, too. Wrong. The guy is on the injured reserved/retired list of the Ravens already and now retiring at age 23.

    When the writing is on the wall, it’s out there…If we choose to ignore it then, nothing else to say. Thank heavens, TT did not sign that McClain. What is it? Is it a guy thing or an NFL thing?–they never want to believe what is right there in front of them when it comes to behavior issues. Rams wasted time on Titus Young also (granted his stay was real short)

    Some of us would be in the doghouse now if we were the GM because we would have signed McClain if we could and already been burned by now.