METAIRIE, La. — Saints running back Mark Ingram denied a report that he could be seeking a trade away from New Orleans, saying instead that he loves where he’s at and is happy to be where he is.
“Never came from me,” Ingram said, his first public comments since before the Sept. 15 game at Tampa Bay. “I don’t 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.”
Ingram’s status with the Saints has become a soap opera of sorts, with fans hoping the trade report was true after a rough start to his third season. He is averaging 1.8 yards per carry, gaining just 31 yards on 17 carries this season.
Three times he has been shut down on either third-and-short or fourth-and-short, including twice at the goal line in New Orleans’ 16-14 win over the Buccaneers.
Ingram has sat out the past four practices with a toe injury and was inactive this past Sunday against Arizona.
The report surfaced Sunday morning less than two hours before the game against the Cardinals.
“It doesn't matter to me,” Ingram said. “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."