Saints’ Mark Ingram apologizes for role in loss to Bucs: ‘I’m sick about this one’

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Veteran running back Mark Ingram II apologized on social media Tuesday for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Tom Brady orchestrated a late fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Saints, 17-16. 

With the Saints leading by 13, Ingram failed to get a fresh set of downs on second-and-8 with about six minutes left in the game. Andy Dalton threw an incomplete pass intended for Marquez Callaway on a third-and-1 at the Tampa Bay 44, and Brady took care of the rest. 

Andy Dalton (14) of the New Orleans Saints flicks the ball to Mark Ingram II (22) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter of a game at Raymond James Stadium Dec. 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. 
(Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Saints head coach Dennis Allen said after the game that Ingram injured his knee on the play, but for Ingram, that was no excuse. 

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“I’m sick about this one,” he wrote in a tweet Tuesday. 

“Regardless of circumstances or how I feel I have to get that fresh set of downs for the squad. I apologize to my teammates, my coaches, and my city for a crucial mistake. We work way too hard and sacrifice blood sweat and tears. I will be better.”

Mark Ingram II of the New Orleans Saints warms up prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Dec. 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. 

Mark Ingram II of the New Orleans Saints warms up prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Dec. 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. 
(Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The loss guarantees a losing season for the Saints at 4-9, and Tampa Bay tops the NFC South division while improving to 6-6.

Rachaad White (29) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scores a touchdown against Demario Davis (56) of the New Orleans Saints late in the fourth quarter during a game at Raymond James Stadium Dec. 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. The Bucs defeated the Saints 17-16.

Rachaad White (29) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scores a touchdown against Demario Davis (56) of the New Orleans Saints late in the fourth quarter during a game at Raymond James Stadium Dec. 5, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. The Bucs defeated the Saints 17-16.
(Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

“It makes it tough because I felt like we had an opportunity really to win this game,” Allen told reporters Monday night. “And we didn’t finish, and we didn’t get it done.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 

Source: Fox News


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