Saban: Ingram was playing best football of career

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban says Heisman
Trophy winner Mark Ingram was playing the best football of his
Crimson Tide career before his injury.

Top-ranked Alabama's tailback injured his left knee in Monday's
practice and had an arthroscopic procedure.

Saban didn't shed much light Wednesday on his timetable for a
return to the top-ranked Tide. But he says the injury is "not a
serious thing" and "he'll be back soon."

Sophomore Trent Richardson will start in Ingram's place Saturday
night against San Jose State.

Saban says Alabama won't have to change what it does offensively
without Ingram.

He says it's important for the coaches and teammates to help
Ingram keep a positive attitude during the rehab process.

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