- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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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