Posted by Chip Patterson
UPDATE: Dennis Dodd breaks down the implications of Ingram's injury on the beginning of Alabama's schedule.
While Alabama is currently sitting atop most major preseason polls, there certainly are some doubters as to whether the Crimson Tide will still be there at the end of the season. There are questions on defense, particularly in the secondary, but at least Alabama could count on an offense headlined by Julio Jones, Trent Richardson, and 2009 Heisman Trophy Winner Mark Ingram.
But the Tide suffered their first major scare of the 2010 season when Mark Ingram went down with a knee injury in Monday's practice. Head coach Nick Saban addressed the issue in an official release from the university.
"Mark Ingram sustained a left knee injury late in Monday's practice. It was a situation where everyone involved thought it would be better to take care of now, so he would not have any issues with it later in the season.
"Mark had an arthroscopic procedure this morning with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews and it was successful. We have full confidence in our medical staff and we know the doctors and athletic trainers will do an outstanding job in taking care of Mark and assisting him in his rehab.
"Mark will definitely be out for this week's game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week. We will make every decision in the future based on what's best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews on his progress. This is not an injury that will affect Mark's future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame."