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Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram will be 16 months removed from his torn ACL when Week 1 arrives.

Ingram blew out his knee during OTAs last offseason and eased his way back into the mix for the final quarter of the season. He'll enter this season far closer to 100 percent and ready to capitalize on his substantial athletic upside as he bookends Dwight Freeney. Ingram projects to improve significantly on the 41 tackles, one sack and five pass breakups he posted as a rookie in 2012.

Melvin Ingram LB SD 4 Months

Chargers activated OLB Melvin Ingram (ACL surgery) from the reserve/PUP list.

Ingram has made an impressive recovery from his mid-May ACL tear and will play in Sunday's game against the Giants. It's a massive upgrade to a Chargers defense that's lost both Dwight Freeney and Larry English to injured reserve. Ingram will likely be eased in as a situational pass rusher before reclaiming his starting job. LB Adrian Robinson was waived to clear a spot on the 53-man roster.

Melvin Ingram LB SD 5 Months

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports OLB Melvin Ingram (ACL surgery, PUP) is a "real possibility" to play in the first half of December.

Ingram resumed practicing in mid-November. He won't be active for Sunday's clash with the Bengals, but could return in Week 14 or 15. It wold be a remarkable recovery from Ingram's mid-May ACL tear. "He's the best pound-for-pound athlete on the team," described teammate Bront Bird. "He's pretty good. He weighs 270 and can do a standing back flip after having an ACL injury."

Melvin Ingram LB SD 5 Months

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram (knee, PUP) will resume practicing on Wednesday.

Ingram's return to the practice field starts a 21-day window to activate him from the reserve/PUP list. Ingram is just six months removed from tearing his left ACL, and will most likely remain stowed away on the PUP list before returning at full strength in 2014.

Melvin Ingram LB SD 5 Months

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram (PUP, ACL) is "tentatively" expected to resume practicing next week.

Ingram's potential return has taken on increased importance after the Bolts lost Larry English (pectoral) for the season on Sunday. The Chargers are woefully short on pass rushers, but there's still no guarantee Ingram suits up this season. San Diego has more to lose than gain by rushing him.

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Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram (PUP, knee) is not expected to try to begin practicing until Nov. 19.

Ingram tore his ACL during a May OTA. If he is able to get back in practice and contribute at all this season, the Chargers will consider it a bonus. The 2012 first-round pick led the team in quarterback hurries as a rookie with 29.

Melvin Ingram LB SD 6 Months

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram (ACL surgery) is not yet ready to return from the PUP list.

We've all along considered Ingram's return from his May left ACL tear a long shot in 2013, but the Chargers aren't giving up hope of a late-season comeback. The Bolts could really use Ingram after losing Dwight Freeney for the year.

Melvin Ingram LB SD 8 Months

Chargers placed OLB Melvin Ingram (ACL surgery) on the reserve/PUP list.

He's technically eligible to return in Week 7, although Ingram only has an outside shot at returning late in the year after tearing his left ACL in May. The Chargers' pass rush may border on anemic this season. They're leaning heavily on Dwight Freeney to be an every-down player. At 33 1/2 years old, Freeney is highly unlikely to maintain top form over the course of 16 games.

Melvin Ingram LB SD 9 Months

Chargers placed OLB Melvin Ingram (ACL tear) on the active/PUP list.

He'll be transferred to reserve/PUP once training camp and the preseason end. Ingram tore his left ACL at May OTAs. The Chargers haven't given up on the idea of Ingram making a late-season impact, but it's a big-time long shot.

Melvin Ingram LB SD 11 Months

The Chargers haven't ruled out OLB Melvin Ingram (torn ACL) returning in 2013.

It's a nice thought, but Ingram is an extreme long-shot to suit up this season. Perhaps he'll be placed on injured reserve/designated for return if the Chargers avoid injuries to other key players in training camp, but that would be a best-case scenario. There's no point in rushing Ingram's recovery so he could play limited snaps in what will likely be meaningless late-season games.