While a News Ltd report on Thursday claimed three senior Sharks players - including captain Paul Gallen - had visited the house of a former Cronulla head conditioner on Tuesday demanding answers, Ings said the players would be receiving the best advice available from former ASADA senior counsel Richard Redman.
Redman was hired as an adviser to help the club through the doping crisis, with claims that up to 14 Sharks players were implicated in ASADA's anti-doping investigation which stems from the Australian Crime Commission's year-long probe into sports doping and potential crime links.
Sharks players were on Tuesday told they had been given 48 hours to accept a six-month ban if they'd used a banned drug - wittingly or otherwise - or face the maximum two-year suspension if later found guilty of doing so by ASADA's investigation.
"Richard Redman is very experienced and what he would be advising the players would be that - if they were involved and if they know that they were involved - that they should come forward and receive a mitigation in that penalty," Ings told Fox Sports.
"If they wait, they could get a two-year ban.
"Anti-doping is a very, very complicated area and Richard Redman, I'd say, would be the best-credentialed lawyer in the anti-doping space in Australia."
Ings said there was a very clear process followed by ASADA in attempting to weed out drug cheats.
"What the players need to realise is that this is a house of cards and, if they are involved in doping, there'll be someone who will break ranks and people who break ranks are going to get the credit and the reduced penalty," said Ings.
He reiterated that ignorance was no defence amid speculation Cronulla players could sue the club if suspended, saying they had taken supplements provided by an employee of the club in good faith.
ASADA's investigations centre on players contracted since 2011, when sports scientist Stephen Dank - who has continually denied any wrongdoing - was employed by the club.
The situation is further clouded with reports that the substances in question were not on the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) banned list at the time in 2011 but were added subsequently.
News Ltd on Thursday reported Gallen, Ben Pomeroy and John Morris all went to the home of ex-Sharks conditioner Trent Elkin seeking clarification on his level of involvement in the investigation.
Elkin, now with Parramatta, was at the Sharks during Dank's stint with the club.
Ings said it remained a priority for players to understand what substances they were taking.
"What all players and all athletes need to do before you take anything - check it out," Ings said.
"Remember, we are not talking about amateur athletes here. We are talking about professional players who have contracts and commitments in terms of everything they do to be professional players and one of those things is anti-doping."
Meanwhile, Cronulla officials remained adamant the 17 players named on Tuesday for the side's season opener against Gold Coast on Sunday would take the field as planned.
The Sharks trained as scheduled at their Sutherland base on Thursday.
A morning weights session was to be followed by a contact session with their under-20s side at 4pm (AEDT).