Melvin Ingram Knocked Manti Te’o To The Ground In His First Practice Back

By Ernie Padaon

December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) reacts after a stop during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Ingram made his return to practice a couple of days ago and one of the first things he did was knock rookie Manti Te’o on his backside.

The Chargers outside linebacker took his turn in a hitting drill during a morning individual period. Inside linebacker Manti Te’o held a bag and hopped in the air to allow Ingram to explode through it. In came Ingram, full speed, sending Te’o sailing backward to the ground.

“He was excited,” Te’o said with a laugh. “He was like, ‘Sorry, bro, and picked me up.’ I was like, ‘Hey, it’s part of football.'”

“I didn’t mean to do that,” Ingram said. “Just being anxious to be back out there and do something you love to do.” – UT San Diego

Ingram is ready to rock. Love that he is back on the practice field to bring his passion and eagerness back out there. He is bringing a fresh attitude into practice this time of year. At the beginning of the season, we would hear stories like this from D.J. Fluker. Now we are hearing it from last year’s first round draft selection. He wants to get on the field and hit some things. Te’o just happened to be one of the first guys standing in the way.

I guess that is how you shed a block?