Ingram Out for Opener After Surgery

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.--The following is a statement from Alabama head coach Nick Saban concerning running back Mark Ingram:

"Mark Ingram sustained a left knee injury late in Monday's practice. It was a situation where everyone involved thought it would be better to take care of now, so he would not have any issues with it later in the season.

Mark had an arthroscopic procedure this morning with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews and it was successful. We have full confidence in our medical staff and we know the doctors and athletic trainers will do an outstanding job in taking care of Mark and assisting him in his rehab.

Mark will definitely be out for this week's game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week. We will make every decision in the future based on what's best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews on his progress. This is not an injury that will affect Mark's future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame."

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Alabama's Ingram to miss opener with knee injury

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram of Alabama will miss the season opener after injuring his left knee during practice.

He was hurt Monday and coach Nick Saban said in a statement the star tailback had an arthroscopic procedure Tuesday. The coach says Ingram should make a full recovery in a "relatively short time."

The top-ranked Crimson Tide opens Saturday against San Jose State. Alabama's biggest nonconference game comes when No. 19 Penn State visits on Sept. 19.

Saban says "everyone involved" thought it better to get the problem taken care of quickly so Ingram wouldn't have issues later in the season. The coach adds that decisions on Ingram's recovery will be made week to week.

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