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Mark Ingram was a late arrival to the New Orleans Saints‘ offseason program and he’ll be a late arrival for the Alvin Kamara Color Rush Jersey regular season as well.But he says he’s not behind schedule and will hit the ground running when he finishes a four-game suspension to start the season.Ingram, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons, is being disciplined for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.Ingram skipped New Orleans’ voluntary OTAs, but participated in the first day of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp Tuesday. He said his absence wasn’t a holdout as he enters the final year of his contract.”The main reason I wasn’t here for OTAs is I wanted to train on my own this offseason and switch up my offseason regimen this year,” Ingram said after practice.”I felt like there were things that I wanted to work on personally that I could get done better by myself. Noting against our program.”There were a number of things I could focus on – my speed, my explosion, keeping my weight down, taking care of my body. I feel like the stuff I was doing while I was away made me a better player. I’ve been here seven years. I know our offense. As you get older you know exactly what your body needs to be its best.”Ingram said he kept Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis informed of what he was doing as he worked out with his father, former NFL player Mark Ingram, in the Boca Raton, Fla., area as he has throughout his seven-year career.”I think he’s in good shape ,” Payton said. ”It’s good to see him out there.”Payton said there’s nothing new on contract talks with Ingram.”I’d love to stay in New Orleans,” Ingram said. ”That’s (the Saints’) decision. If they see me in the future we’ll get something done. But I have one year left. Whether it happens now or later, it’ll come around.”The Saints are well positioned to handle Ingram’s absence with the presence of Alvin Kamara, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last season. Ingram and Kamara set an NFL record by becoming the first teammates to each gain more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season.But after Kamara, New Orleans has little experience with Trey Edmunds, Jonathan Williams, Daniel Lasco and rookie sixth-round draft choice Boston Scott.Former Saints running back Tom Hightower worked out for the team Tuesday, and former Chiefs and Broncos running back Jamaal Charles reportedly will visit with the team Wednesday.”It’s not the end of the world,” Ingram said of his absence. ”I’m going to be back. Those guys need to step up and I’m sure Alvin and the rest of the guys are going to do a great job of preparing and putting themselves in position for success. I’ll be rooting on my teammates real hard.”Quarterback Drew Brees said he’s ”stayed in constant communication” with Ingram and knows ”what he’s doing to get himself ready to play.””I know he’s been training hard, working hard, preparing himself for the season,” Brees said. ”So it’s great to have him back this week. It certainly hasn’t distracted me. I don’t think it’s distracted anybody. We’re not worried about Mark or his readiness to play when it’s time.”When Ingram was suspended last month Trey Hendrickson Jersey , his agent issued a statement claiming that Ingram had tested positive for a substance that is permissible with an NFL exemption, but an arbitrator ruled against Ingram.”I fought (the suspension) hard and I don’t agree with it, but I’m going to serve my suspension and I’m going to be ready when it’s time,” Ingram said. ”Hopefully we’re 4-0 when I come back, but I’ll be back and I’ll be ready.”Ingram, 28, made his second Pro Bowl by running for a career-high 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He also caught 58 passes for 416 yards.— It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius!So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 9 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: a battle of offensive juggernauts, a fight against the offensive juggernaut that is the Los Angeles Rams. This is their chance to look brilliant!Here are a few of the bold predictions provided by some of the contributors at Canal Street Chronicles:Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty ImagesBelow Average - Rams are held to less than 30 points. (Chad)Back-to-Back - PJ Williams has his second straight game with an interception. (Chris)By Air - Alvin Kamara has over 100 receiving yards. (Don) Not my MVP - Todd Gurley is held under 100 rushing yards. (Chad)Apple of our Eye - Eli Apple records his first interception in New Orleans. (Bob)Taysom Time - Taysom Hill is the only Saints QB to throw for a TD in the win. (Tee)Apple of our Eye - Eli Apple records his first interception in New Orleans. (Bob)Big D - Saints defense scores a touchdown. (Chad)Apple of our Eye - Eli Apple records his first interception in New Orleans. (Bob)Rookie Dominance - Tre’Quan Smith has over 100 receiving yards. (Don)Sack City - Saints D sacks Jared Goff 4 times. (Bob)Here are my three bold predictions for the game:Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesOver 80 total points are scored this week by the two teams.There isn’t a single turnover by either team.Teddy Bridgewater completes a pass.So there are some of our bold predictions for the game. What are yours?

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