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Mark Ingram explains meaning of ‘Big Truss’

“Big Truss” became the catchphrase surrounding the 2019 Baltimore Ravens, but it left many perplexed about its meaning.

Few people had ever heard of the “Big Truss” term prior to the Ravens’ 41-7 win over the Houston Texans. In his postgame news conference, Mark Ingram hyped up Lamar Jackson and introduced him to the media. He did so saying “Big Truss” a few times.

Here’s the video:

Fast forward to Saturday, and Ingram was interviewed by NFL Network on the red carpet. Ingram was asked by Kyle Brandt about the meaning of Big Truss and offered this explanation.

“Man, it’s like trust, but just two ‘S’s’ — more swaggy. (Lamar Jackson) used to tell me that all the time. Everything we do, we do it big, so I gotta put the ‘big’ on it, ‘big truss.’ And the interview went viral, and now it’s crazy,” Ingram said.

So there you have it — it’s just a swaggy version of big trust.

The love between the two players wasn’t one-sided, either; Lamar gave plenty of love to Ingram too.

Mark Ingram expected to play against Titans despite calf injury

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram missed practice early in the week and was limited on Thursday as he continues to work his way back from a calf injury, but he is expected to suit up against the Tennessee Titans.

Ingram is planning to play on Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The initial fear when Ingram went down in Week 16 was that he had torn his Achilles, as the injury was of the non-contact variety. He was only diagnosed with a calf strain, however. Ingram reportedly felt some tightness in practice last week and had to take time off, but it appears the rest was beneficial.

Ingram rushed for 1,018 yards and scored 15 total touchdowns during the regular season. He has been an extremely important part of the Ravens’ offense alongside Lamar Jackson.

Mark Ingram reportedly felt tightness in calf during practice

Mark Ingram will have had three weeks off to rest his injured calf when the Baltimore Ravens host the Tennessee Titans, but the star running back is not a lock to play in the Divisional Round playoff game.

Ingram was not spotted at practice on Tuesday, and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that he experienced some tightness in his injured calf while practicing full-speed last week. The Ravens have decided to take it easy with him this week to avoid re-injury.

The initial fear when Ingram went down in Week 16 was that he had torn his Achilles, as the injury was of the non-contact variety. Ingram was diagnosed with a calf strain, however, and there has been optimism that he will be ready for Baltimore’s first playoff game after the team earned a first-round bye.

Ingram rushed for 1,018 yards and scored 15 total touchdowns during the regular season. He has been an extremely important part of the Ravens’ offense alongside Lamar Jackson, so they are hoping to have him on the field against Tennessee.

Mark Ingram tweets about Browns’ request to interview Ravens OC Greg Roman

The Cleveland Browns are once again searching for a new head coach following a disastrous lone season under Freddie Kitchens, and a member of a division rival’s coaching staff is one candidate they are considering. Mark Ingram finds saw that news and addressed it.

The Browns have reportedly requested permission to interview Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman. In response to that news, Ingram sent a tweet saying “FAIL” along with an emoji.

It’s unclear exactly what Ingram is referring to, though the word “fail” could be used to describe plenty of things about the Browns right now. Their 2019 season was a failure, as was their decision to promote Kitchens from offensive coordinator to head coach. Perhaps Ingram feels they should have have hired Roman last year. Or maybe Ingram would just not want to lose Roman to Cleveland.

Roman has yet to get a head coaching opportunity in the NFL, but the work he has done with Lamar Jackson and Baltimore’s offense this season could make him a hot candidate this offseason. There have already been indications that top candidates on the coaching market may shy away from interviewing with Cleveland, and it’s possible Roman will turn them down as well.

Ravens reportedly expect Mark Ingram back for playoffs despite calf injury

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram suffered what looked like a serious injury during Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, but fortunately the news has all been positive since he left the field.

While the initial fear was that Ingram suffered a torn Achilles, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters after his team’s 31-15 win that there was no structural damage. Reports have since indicated that Ingram has a calf strain, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says he has a good chance to return for the playoffs.

From a timing standpoint, the injury could have been a lot worse. The Ravens secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC with their win over Cleveland, so they have nothing to play for in Week 17. That means Ingram will have three full weeks to recover with Baltimore having a first-round playoff bye.

Ingram’s injury was of the non-contact variety, which is always more concerning. However, he appears to have avoided disaster. The 30-year-old has rushed for 1,018 yards on the year and scored 15 total touchdowns, so it goes without saying that the Ravens are breathing a huge sigh of relief.

Video: Lamar Jackson had great reaction to learning Mark Ingram surpassed 1,000-yard mark

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson had a great reaction to learning that teammate Mark Ingram had surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in Week 16.

Jackson was being interviewed by CBS’ Tracy Wolfson after his Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 31-15 on Sunday. Wolfson started to talk about the play of the teammates surrounding Jackson and brought up Ingram reaching 1,000 yards. Jackson’s reaction was priceless:

That was great. And the love between them is mutual, as we know from Ingram’s postgame comments about Jackson last month.

Ingram rushed for 56 yards on eight carries but suffered a calf injury in the game. He left in a walking boot and reportedly has a strain.

Mark Ingram suffers non-contact calf injury

Baltimore Ravens

Mark Ingram has been having an outstanding season alongside Lamar Jackson, but the Baltimore Ravens running back suffered a concerning injury on Sunday.

Ingram fell to the turf and grabbed his right calf early in the third quarter of Baltimore’s game against the Cleveland Browns. He tried to stand up to jog off the field and immediately fell back to the ground clutching his leg.

The Ravens quickly announced that Ingram was questionable to return with a calf injury.

Ingram had eight carries for 55 yards to go along with two catches for 36 yards and a score before he exited. He also eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the year.

While Jackson has received much of the attention for his MVP-caliber season, Ingram has been been a huge part of Baltimore’s offense. Losing him for any significant period of time would be a huge blow to the Ravens.

Alvin Kamara sad to see Mark Ingram leave Saints

The New Orleans Saints’ running back combination of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram has been one of their staples in recent years, but that will be no more after Ingram agreed to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency.

That news, while not unexpected, was a real downer for Kamara, who paid tribute to his departing teammate on Twitter after the news broke.

Much as Kamara loved playing with Ingram, the veteran was clearly not a huge fan of the time-splitting arrangement in place in New Orleans. Ingram will now get to be a feature back, and Kamara may gain some added responsibility as well.

Mark Ingram to sign three-year deal with Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are retooling after losing several key players this offseason, and star running back Mark Ingram is the latest to agree to a deal with the team.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ingram has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with Baltimore.

The news of Ingram’s deal came just minutes after it was reported that the Ravens have signed All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to a massive four-year deal.

Ingram, 29, should get a chance to serve as the featured back in Baltimore. It became clear that the New Orleans Saints were moving on from him when they agreed to a deal with Latavius Murray on Tuesday, and Ingram hinted earlier in the offseason that he wanted a chance to not split carries with Alvin Kamara. The former Alabama star will get that with the Ravens.

Saints likely moving on from Mark Ingram after Latavius Murray signing

The New Orleans Saints appear to be moving on from Mark Ingram, as they have agreed to a deal with free agent running back Latavius Murray.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Murray will sign a four-year, $14.4 million contract with New Orleans.

The Saints already have Alvin Kamara as their primary back, and Ingram is seeking a lot more than $14 million on the open market. Murray has been an effective power back with the Minnesota Vikings when given opportunities, so Sean Payton likely envisions him playing the same role in New Orleans.

Ingram recently acknowledged that he may not be back with the Saints, and that is probably best for all parties. He’s 29 and wants a chance to be a featured back, which is something he’s not going to get in New Orleans.