Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints
Running Back #22
New Orleans Saints
Running Back #22
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Mark Ingram News

Still in backup mix

In the wake of the recent NFL Draft, Ingram continues to slot in as Alvin Kamara's top backup, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Terrell suggests that it seemed as though the Saints might add a running back in the draft, but instead the team opted to add depth on the front by signing Abram Smith as a UDFA. Also in the backup mix are Tony Jones and Dwayne Washington, but as things stand, Ingram appears to be next in line for carries in the event that Kamara misses time for any reason. It's still possible, however, that New Orleans brings in more competition and the 32-year-old Ingram will need to hold off challenges from the likes of Jones and Smith in the coming months in order to maintain his depth chart standing.

May 6, 2022 12:41 PM EST


Inactive in Week 18

Ingram (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Time-Picayune reports.

Analysis: The veteran running back will thus finish out the regular season with back-to-back absences. Ingram started his second Saints tenure off in encouraging fashion before tailing off once Alvin Kamara returned to the field, gaining just 27 yards on 13 carries over his last pair of contests. Ingram heads into the offseason a likely unrestricted free agent come the new league year, while Tony Jones, Ty Montgomery and Dwayne Washington figure to be the beneficiaries of his absence in Week 18 as complementary options behind Kamara.

Jan 9, 2022 12:03 PM EST



Questionable for Week 18

Ingram (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

Analysis: Ingram followed the same practice routine this week (LP/DNP/DNP) as he did last week before he was held out this past Sunday against the Panthers. With the Saints backfield otherwise healthy, he may be in store for the same fate this weekend, which won't be confirmed, on way or another, until 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. kickoff. If he misses another contest, Alvin Kamara remains the team's lead runner, with Tony Jones, Ty Montgomery and special teamer Dwayne Washington also on hand.

Jan 7, 2022 1:24 PM EST


Downgrades to no activity Thursday

Ingram (knee) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: This is a downgrade from Wednesday's limited session. It's unclear if Ingram is trending toward a second consecutive absence as he tends to a knee injury, but his odds to suit up Sunday in Atlanta could receive some clarity on Friday's practice report. Tony Jones would be in line for some snaps behind Alvin Kamara if Ingram indeed sits out this weekend.

Jan 6, 2022 1:45 PM EST


Stays limited at practice

Ingram (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Analysis: Ingram ended last week with consecutive limited listings on Saints injury reports, but a questionable designation eventually led to inactive status this past Sunday against the Panthers. A knee injury is to blame, but he at least has two more opportunities Thursday and/or Friday to get back to all activity. Even if he ends up gaining clearance to play Sunday in Atlanta, though, Ingram again would play second fiddle to Alvin Kamara out of the New Orleans backfield.

Jan 5, 2022 1:43 PM EST



Inactive Week 17

Ingram (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, John DeShazier of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The veteran back was already trending toward sitting out the penultimate contest of the season, and his absence is now confirmed. With Ingram in street clothes Sunday, Alvin Kamara could see some extra work while Tony Jones is expected to fill in as the primarily complementary backfield option.

Jan 2, 2022 12:04 PM EST


Knee improving, but not likely to play

While Ingram's knee injury is reportedly improving, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that the running back isn't likely to play Sunday against the Panthers.

Analysis: Ingram is officially listed as questionable after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday. If he's indeed unable to play in Sunday's 4:25 ET contest, Tony Jones would be in line to fill in as Alvin Kamara's top backup.

Jan 2, 2022 5:15 AM EST


Gets Week 17 questionable tag

Ingram (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Ingram was limited in both of the Saints' final two Week 17 practices due to the knee issue, clouding his availability for Sunday's divisional matchup. If Ingram demonstrates enough progress in the next two days to gain clearance to play this weekend, he would likely reclaim his usual role as Alvin Kamara's top backup. The Saints were forced to abandon the run early in their 20-3 loss to the Dolphins in Week 16, resulting in Ingram logging a season-low four carries during the contest.

Dec 31, 2021 3:57 PM EST


Tending to knee issue

Ingram was added to the injury report Thursday as a limited participant due to a knee injury.

Analysis: The Saints may be managing the knee issue that kept Ingram from playing in a Thanksgiving matchup with the Bills. In any case, Friday's practice and subsequent report may provide some clarity into his availability for Sunday's game against the Panthers. If he's able to suit up Week 17, Ingram will continue to play second fiddle to Alvin Kamara out of New Orleans' backfield.

Dec 30, 2021 1:32 PM EST


Season-low four carries

Ingram rushed four times for 17 yards during Monday's 20-3 loss to Miami.

Analysis: The Saints seemed likely to lean on the run since they were down to fourth-string rookie quarterback Ian Book. However, an injury-depleted offensive line possibly negated those plans, and Book's inability to sustain drives with his arm ultimately led to underwhelming workloads for both Alvin Kamara and Ingram, who finished with a season low in rushing attempts. Expectations should probably remain low for this backfield unless Taysom Hill and/or Trevor Siemian is able to clear COVID protocols before Sunday's home matchup against Carolina.

Dec 28, 2021 11:33 AM EST


Receives 11 touches in return

Ingram (illness) rushed nine times for 10 yards and caught both of his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 9-0 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Ingram was reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week after missing the club's Week 14 contest against the Jets. The veteran back nearly split touches with starter Alvin Kamara (11 to 13), and neither back was able to do much against a stout Tampa Bay rushing defense. The latter is the more-desirable fantasy asset in what is shaping up to be a timeshare heading into next Monday's matchup against the Dolphins, with Ingram likely needing a trip to end zone in order to surpass deep-league value.

Dec 19, 2021 10:41 PM EST


Back from COVID-19 list

The Saints reinstated Ingram (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ingram was placed on the list Dec. 8 after testing positive for the virus and wasn't available for the Saints' Week 14 win over the Jets as a result. Fortunately for New Orleans, lead back Alvin Kamara (knee) returned from a four-game absence for that contest and looked healthy while handling 31 touches. Ingram will likely cut into Kamara's workload now that he's been activated ahead of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, but the former likely won't be in store for enough volume to remain relevant in the majority of fantasy leagues.

Dec 17, 2021 2:25 PM EST


Placed on COVID-19 list

Ingram was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ingram tested positive, and while he's reportedly vaccinated, it's still a tight timeline to return back-to-back negative tests before Sunday's matchup with the Jets. If Ingram is out and Alvin Kamara (knee) misses another game, the Saints will be left with Ty Montgomery, Tony Jones and Dwayne Washington as backfield options on the active roster, while RB Josh Adams and RB/WR Malcolm Perry reside on the practice squad.

Dec 8, 2021 11:11 AM EST


Pedestrian production as lead back

Ingram (knee) rushed 10 times for 28 yards and brought in one of two targets for minus-2 yards in the Saints' 27-17 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday night.

Analysis: Ingram once again served as the lead back with Alvin Kamara (knee) sitting out a fourth straight contest. The veteran back couldn't come close to the production he'd generated in his first two starts in Kamara's stead, when he'd generated 108 and 113 total yards in Weeks 10 and 11, respectively, before sitting out the Week 12 Thanksgiving loss to the Bills. Ingram may be back to a complementary role in a Week 14 visit to the Jets in 10 days, considering Kamara should have a good chance to return for that game.

Dec 2, 2021 9:46 PM EST


Slated for leading role Thursday

Ingram (knee) is in line to be the Saints' lead running back Thursday versus the Cowboys with Alvin Kamara (knee) again sidelined, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ingram sat out the Saints' Thanksgiving loss to the Bills due to swelling in his knee, but the issue didn't impact his practice reps this week. The potential existed for Kamara to end a three-game absence after he was listed as limited on all three injury reports this week, but ultimately his MCL sprain will keep him in street clothes. In two outings without Kamara since Ingram returned to New Orleans, the latter totaled 40 touches for 221 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD. Ingram is in store for another large workload considering his primary competitors for backfield reps are wide receiver Ty Montgomery, fullback Adam Prentice and special teamer Dwayne Washington with the Saints making Tony Jones a healthy scratch.

Dec 2, 2021 4:18 PM EST


Lead role awaits

Ingram is expected to serve as the Saints' lead back Thursday against the Cowboys with Alvin Kamara (knee) listed as questionable for the contest but not expected to play, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Like Kamara, Ingram was sidelined for last week's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills due to a knee injury, though Ingram's bout with knee inflammation was much less of a concern than Kamara's MCL sprain. Ingram put to rest any concern about his health by practicing fully Monday through Wednesday, while Kamara was a limited participant throughout the week. Assuming Kamara ends up on the inactive list for the fourth straight contest, Ingram will be set to make his third start of the season with the Saints. In his prior two starts, Ingram filled a three-down workhorse role out of the backfield, clearing 70 percent of the Saints' offensive snaps in both contests while averaging 15 carries (4.5 YPC) and 7.5 targets. While Ingram should again be in store for an elevated snap count and usage, he could lose out on some work on the ground -- particularly in goal-line scenarios -- to Taysom Hill, who will take over for Trevor Siemian as the Saints' starting quarterback this week.

Dec 2, 2021 7:33 AM EST


To carry load if Kamara sidelined

Ingram (knee), who practiced fully again Tuesday, is set to handle all the work out of the Saints backfield Thursday against the Cowboys, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: After sitting out a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills due to swelling in his knee, Ingram is ready for game action this week, but the same can't be said for Alvin Kamara. On the heels of missing three games in a row with an MCL sprain, Kamara logged back-to-back limited listings on Saints injury reports Monday and Tuesday, but it's unclear yet whether he's trending toward a return. If he's unable to go Thursday, Kamara will cede RB reps to Ingram, who has racked up 62 touches for 337 yards and one rushing TD in four appearances since he rejoined the Saints via trade in late October.

Nov 30, 2021 2:03 PM EST


Practices fully Monday

Ingram (knee) was a full participant in Monday's practice.

Analysis: After developing swelling in his knee following the Saints' 40-29 loss to the Eagles in Week 11, Ingram was unable to gain clearance on a short week for a Thanksgiving Day game against the Bills. Though he was being treated as a game-time call leading up to the Saints' eventual 31-6 loss, Ingram was ultimately inactive for the contest along with top running back Alvin Kamara (knee), which allowed Tony Jones (16 carries for 27 yards) to lead an unproductive ground attack. Now that he's practicing fully to begin Week 13 prep, Ingram is in the clear to play Thursday against the Cowboys, but what his role looks like will be contingent on the status of Kamara, who has missed the past three contests. Kamara took a step forward by practicing on a limited basis Monday, but he may need to maintain or increase that level of activity by Wednesday to put himself on a path to reclaim lead duties out of the New Orleans backfield this week.

Nov 29, 2021 1:47 PM EST


Takes part in practice Sunday

Ingram (knee) participated in the open part of practice Sunday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Sunday's session is unofficial, as the Saints won't release a Week 13 injury report until Monday due to their next game taking place Thursday against the Cowboys. But it's a good sign that both Ingram and Alvin Kamara, who has missed the last three games due to a sprained MCL, are trending in the right direction. If both players are able to return for Thursday's contest, Kamara likely would take on his leading role out of the backfield, with Ingram relegated to complementary work.

Nov 28, 2021 12:37 PM EST


Not suiting up Thursday

Ingram (knee) is listed as inactive Thursday against the Bills, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: With Alvin Kamara missing a third consecutive game due to a sprained MCL, Ingram typically would be in line to cover for him out of the backfield. But Ingram also is dealing with a knee injury, which includes swelling and a meniscus issue, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported earlier Thursday that Ingram was unlikely to play Week 12, and that has become the Saints' reality upon the release of their inactives. Considering Kamara and Ingram are sidelined, Tony Jones likely will be New Orleans' lead ballcarrier, but Dwayne Washington and wide receiver Ty Montgomery should mix in at running back as well.

Nov 25, 2021 3:53 PM EST


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