Mark Ingram said he was not holding out for a new contract when he decided to skip the New Orleans Saints' OTAs and offseason conditioning program. Rather, he just wanted to change up his regimen and work out on his own heading into his eighth NFL season.
But the Pro Bowl running back, who returned Tuesday for the team's mandatory minicamp at a slimmer 215 pounds, said he has been "working my butt off" with his longtime trainer in South Florida. And he said he will fully participate in training camp.
This counters a story from earlier today that said Ingram wanted a new contract. Ingram, who is also facing a four-game suspension to start the 2018 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, said he'll be prepared to "jump right in immediately and make an impact" when he returns in Week 5, according to the story.