Cornelius Ingram underwent an MRI at Jefferson Hospital Wednesday night and it revealed that the Eagles' tight end had a "significant" Baker's cyst in the back of his knee and calf, the team said.
Ingram had the cyst drained Thursday and will not travel to play the Chiefs Friday. A Baker's cyst, according to MayoClinic.com, "is a fluid-filled cyst that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind your knee, and "is usually the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear."
Ingram is trying to come back from two straight torn anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee. The cyst, on the same leg, had ballooned up recently and slowed the second-year tight end considerably.
Ingram's chances of making the team now appear to be in danger. He's likely to land back on injured reserve for the second straight year if the Eagles just don't decide to make and injury settlement with their former fifth-round draft pick. With Ingram slowed by the knee, rookie Clay Harbor has solidified his standing as the backup tight end to Brent Celek.
“I would say that I wish Cornelius could be out there and doing his thing, and his leg wasn’t bothering him," Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday. "I would tell you on the other hand that it’s given Harbor an opportunity to be out there and get a lot of reps and that that second tight end plays approximately twenty five percent of the plays max in our offense. What he’s doing with the increase play time, is he’s getting better. Every day he takes another step forward. He’s made some nice plays in practice. Now, we’ve got to get him the ball in the game and see how he does there.”
Ingram had tried to play through the injury, but there was only so much he could do in practice or in two preseason games. He hasn't played in an actual game in nearly three years.
“It’s kind of frustrating,” Ingram said Tuesday, “because I know I have a lot in me. But until that time comes I won’t be able to show it.”