Alec Ingold left last night’s game with what was then believed to be a serious injury. Tom Pelissero has now confirmed that the Las Vegas Raiders fullback has suffered an isolated ACL tear. This injury will bring an end to the star fullback’s 2021 NFL season. Because it is not a complete tear, Ingold is expected to be ready for the 2022 NFL season.
An MRI confirmed an isolated ACL tear for Alec Ingold, source said. No other ligament damage. Brutal loss. But he’ll be good to go for 2022. https://t.co/kM0nYhHfQO
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 15, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders Fullback Alec Ingold Tears ACL
Ingold is widely considered to be the best fullback in the league. He is also one of seven team captains for Las Vegas this season. His versatility and leadership have been a crucial cog in the offensive machine for the Raiders. His loss could not come at a worse time for a team dealing with more in-season adversity than any in league history.
On the season, Ingold has recorded 10 receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown. He has also rushed for one touchdown on two carries. Do not let the minuscule numbers fool you. Ingold’s impact on the field comes from his versatility and elite run-blocking skills. He is a first-down machine, and his sure-handedness is beyond reproach for the position sporting a catch rating of 83%.
This is truly a situation where the poor have become poorer. Las Vegas is trending downwards, and this injury will only exacerbate the situation. The Raiders are desperately lacking playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. What was once considered a strength to start the season has now become the team’s biggest weakness. Opposing defenses are rolling coverage towards Darren Waller and daring Derek Carr to beat them elsewhere. Ingold was a security blanket out of the backfield when the wide receivers would struggle to create separation. There is no one else on the roster that can fill the void Ingold has left behind.
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