Mark Ingram has surgery, to miss Saturday game

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Alabama running back Mark Ingram had knee surgery Monday and will miss Saturday's season opener against San Jose State.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban released a statement to FOX6 News Tuesday morning saying Ingram suffered a left knee injury late in Monday's practice.

"Mark Ingram sustained a left knee injury late in Monday's practice," Saban said in the statement. "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."

Saban said Ingram had surgery Tuesday morning.

"Mark had an arthroscopic procedure this morning with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews and it was successful," Saban said. "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."

Saban said Ingram will miss Saturday's game against San Jose State.

"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," Saban said. "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."

Ingram was the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner and a part of the Alabama Crimson Tide's national championship team.

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