Ingram Has Done ‘Quite a bit'

Alabama football players are being careful to wash their hands. Managers are cleaning with bleach. A few players have been isolated. The reason is "a little sickness around here, a stomach virus." On the other hand, there is good news on the Crimson Tide injury front.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that there is a bit of a bug about, but didn't give the impression it was causing major problems. He did say that he was being proactive, including keeping sick players away from well players. He mentioned only one player as having missed practice, cornerback/star DeQuan Menzie.

Menzie met with sportswriters following the practice and said he had practiced Wednesday and was fine.

Saban had very good news regarding Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner who has missed the first two Bama games after having suffered a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. The tailback was expected to practice this week and, perhaps, see his first action of the year Saturday.

Saban said, "Mark has done extremely well, hasn't had any issues or problems, and has done quite a bit in practice."

The coach said that jack linebacker Courtney Upshaw, who played only sparingly last week because of an ankle injury, and offensive tackle James Carpenter, who left Saturday's game with a hamstring pull, were both doing more in practice.

Saban's number one ranked Crimson Tide is preparing to play Duke in Durham Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 central time) with television coverage by ABC.

Saban said, "What we've been trying to emphasize is that if you're going to be a high-functioning program that there are certain things that you have to do and that will create the right habits for you to to be able to play and be consistent as a player. That's what will give you an advantage when you compete in the game. It's the standard we want to get to. I really think we need to make significant improvements in some areas in terms of the standard we work and the things we do so we will be able to continue to develop and function like we want to.

"We want to start fast and finish fast in every game and dominate the opposition, and it's not easy to do. You have to practice and prepare very well to be able to do that. Face a lot of different things each week whether it's defenses and blitzes and different types of offense. Guys really have to be mature about how they go about preparing so they can go out and get the kind of reps in practice that's going to enable them to be confident in what they do."

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