- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 7, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. (AP) - Alabama tailback Mark Ingram has missed another practice ahead of the Penn State game.

Ingram didn’t practice Tuesday with a left knee injury that kept the Heisman Trophy winner out of the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s opener against San Jose State.

Coach Nick Saban said Monday that Ingram’s status would depend on how he progressed daily in his rehab. He said in order for him to put his star into the game against the 19th-ranked Nittany Lions, he had to “see Mark Ingram being Mark Ingram.”

His replacement, Trent Richardson said Ingram did watch some of practice from the sideline. He isn’t giving up on the junior returning for Saturday night’s game.

“I don’t know when he’ll be back, but hopefully it’ll be for Saturday,” he said. “We’re better with him in there.”

Ingram had an arthroscopic procedure after hurting his knee in the first practice of the opening game week. Richardson made his first career start in his absence, rushing for 66 yards and two touchdowns _ all in the first half. He also had 46 yards receiving.

Richardson wound up on the cover of Sports Illustrated as one of the “Breakout Players” of the opening weekend.

“It really doesn’t mean anything, just the cover of a magazine,” he said. “I’m sure my mom is real happy, the people back home and in Tuscaloosa are happy about it, but as long as we won. We still have this game coming up. I can go and get shut down and there isn’t going to be a Sports Illustrated, it’s still just going to be a picture.”

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