Rumors continue to swirl online that running back Mark Ingram wants to be traded by the Saints. Today, Ingram addressed the issue head-on. Well, sorta head-on.
"No. Never came from me. I dont know who that came from. But I love New Orleans. It's home to me. I love this organization, love my teammates, love my coaches. I'm happy here. And we're 3-0. So I'm excited about that."
When asked if the report of him wanting to be traded was distracting or hurtful, Ingram said, "It doesn't matter to me. Anybody’s opinion, that’s their opinion. Everybody's entitled to their opinion. It doesn't bother me. I come out every day, work my butt off to be the best person I can be, the best player I can be for this team to help us go out there and have success. I do that every single day. And as long as my teammates, my coaches and everybody in this organization knows that, that's all that matters to me."
OK, he says a request to be traded didn't come from him. Do I believe him? Well, he didn't say that it didn't come from someone else, say, his agent. It could have come from someone close to him, trying to rattle the Saints' cage, which is not a wise move, in my opinion.
Ingram didn't practice today and was listed as having a toe injury. Also not practicing: Wide receiver Lance Moore, and that's an injury you pay attention to. If Lance Moore doesn't practice, it kind of forces the issue with WR Nick Toon. It's very serious when you're dealing with a wrist injury on a receiver. Now, I don't think it's something that keeps him out for weeks on end, but it's something to watch. If Moore's not able to go this week, you pay attention more and more to Nick Toon in this offense.