If a Body Meets a Body

Tight ends coach Tom Melvin, left, watches as Cornelius Ingram, center, and Eugene Bright, right, run through a drill during last week's mini-camp. Ingram suffered a knee contusion during today's OTA. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

"Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the rye..." -- Robert Burns, later quoted and given a wider audience by J.D. Salinger.

Don't know if the NovaCare practice surface contains much rye. But a body met a body Wednesday.

At first, it looked as if Cornelius Ingram was just shaken up. He probably was, given the scare he'd just gotten, but the fifth-round rookie tight end from Florida also sustained a knee contusion in a rookie camp collision with safety Rashad Baker, the Eagles announced. The team said Ingram should be fine, and ought to be able to return to the field Thursday.

Ingram was not available for comment. You had to figure he was plenty relieved. His left knee is the one that underwent ACL surgery after a preseason injury, causing him to miss his senior year and drop in the draft. Banging it in a noncontact drill probably wasn't optimal.

"Noncontact" means the players aren't wearing pads and they don't tackle one another. But these aren't walkthroughs; pass patterns are run at normal speed. When a quarterback throws up a floater, as A.J. Feeley did Wednesday, and a gaggle of players goes up for it, well, obviously, the players aren't equipped with those bumpers in that nifty car commercial that sense a collision and apply the brakes automatically.

"I was in my Cover 2, I saw the quarterback throwing the ball, I just wanted to make a good play, without trying to purposely hurting him," said Baker, a journeyman veteran and Camden native signed during the offseason. He was playing free safety Wednesday. "I'm about to go check on him right now. Me being a vet, I understand how to practice, I understand when I can't run into my guys. On that particular play, I was just going for the ball.

"He was coming down the seam. I had three receivers on my side. I knew I had to deepen up in case the quarterback tried to hit that soft area, right over top the linebacker." 

As Baker broke to the ball, so did Ingram. Both players wound up on the ground.


The Eagles announced the signing of rookie free agent defensive tackle Trevor Jenkins (6-1, 287) from Tennessee State. They needed a DT after veteran free agent signee Amon Gordon suffered an Achilles' injury in last week's drills.