In last Sunday’s win over the Las Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders’ Fullback Alec Ingold broke two ribs. He walked into the locker room after a brutal collision with a Chargers defensive player. When trainers assessed the injury, they took him to a nearby hospital for treatment. Now, less than a week later, Ingold returned to practice and plans to suit up on Sunday.
According to the University of Michigan Medical, fractured ribs typically take at least six weeks to heal. This turnaround is unheard of. Ingold returned to practice on Wednesday, just three days after suffering the injury, which makes it even more insane of a turnaround. Raider’s coach John Gruden said to reporters on Wednesday, “He’s been cleared to play, and he did practice today. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t ready to play great come Sunday.” The Raiders will face off against the Denver Broncos this Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
“He’s like the throwback guys,” Gruden said of Ingold. “He will not come off the field. He insists on playing.”
Ingold and the Raiders Playoff Hopes
The Las Vegas Raiders play in one of the tougher divisions in football, trailing the Kansas City Chiefs by two games. The Chiefs at 8-1 have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl this year based on most projections. The Raiders at 6-3 still hold onto a wildcard spot in the AFC based on this year’s playoff rules.
With these new playoff rules, seven teams from each conference will make the playoffs instead of the typical six. This means only one team from each conference will gain the advantage of a bye week, and three games in each conference will occur on Wildcard weekend. As of right now, the two teams with a bye week are the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8-0 in the AFC and the New Orleans Saints at 6-2 in the NFC.