Mark Ingram denies trade report

Updated: September 27, 2013, 1:39 PM ET
By Mike Triplett | ESPN.com

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram strongly denied a report that he would seek a trade in the coming weeks.

"No. Never came from me," said Ingram, who addressed the report for the first time Thursday. "I don't know who that came from. But I love New Orleans. It's home to me. I love this organization, love my teammates, love my coaches. I'm happy here. And we're 3-0. So I'm excited about that."

When asked if the report was distracting or hurtful, Ingram said, "It doesn't matter to me. Everybody's entitled to their opinion. It doesn't bother me. I come out every day, work my butt off to be the best person I can be, the best player I can be for this team to help us go out there and have success. I do that every single day. And as long as my teammates, my coaches and everybody in this organization knows that, that's all that matters to me."

Ingram, the 28th overall pick in the 2011 draft, has just 31 yards on 17 carries this season. He is fourth on the team in rushing yards, behind Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and undrafted free agent Khiry Robinson.

Saints coach Sean Payton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Sunday that the report was "completely false" and had "zero credibility."

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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