Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:27pm
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. Ingram limped off the field in Week 13, but returned to the game. He saw 12 touches, while Travaris Cadet (5) and Tim Hightower (3) were complementary players. The midweek downgrade is worrisome, but Ingram was a DNP last Wednesday and Thursday before playing in Week 13.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Ingram limped off the field in Week 13, but returned to the game. He saw 12 touches, while Travaris Cadet (5) and Tim Hightower (3) were complementary players.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 13. Ingram said “we’ll see” when asked about his availability for Week 13. If he can’t go, Tim Hightower will be a high-end RB2 against the Lions. The Saints play early on Sunday.
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) missed practice again Thursday. The toe injury is new. He should be able to play, but if he can’t, Tim Hightower will be a high-end RB2 against the Lions. We should know more on Friday.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm
Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. It looks like Ingram will be able to play in Week 12. When he was knocked out of the game, he had 10 touches to just five for Hightower, so he had regained control of the Saints' backfield after good rushing efficiency in Week 9 (15 carries, 158 yards) and Week 10 (11 carries, 50 yards). The Saints play early on Sunday, but we should know on Saturday if Ingram has navigated his way through the league’s concussion protocol.
Saints running back Mark Ingram also landed in the concussion protocol after a hit from Panthers safety Kurt Coleman early in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 23-20 victory. It looks like Ingram has a good chance of being in the lineup for Week 12, however.
Saints coach Sean Payton said that Ingram will practice with the team on Wednesday, which indicates that he’s made good progress getting through the concussion protocol and should be on track for clearance to play against the Rams this Sunday.
Related players: Tim Hightower
It looks like Ingram may be able to play in Week 12. When he was knocked out of the game, he had 10 touches to just five for Hightower, so he had regained control of the Saints' backfield after good rushing efficiency in Week 9 (15 carries, 158 yards) and Week 10 (11 carries, 50 yards).
He is under concussion protocol, the team announced at the start of the fourth quarter.
Ingram had just gained 13 yards when he collided with Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman. Ingram appeared to go limp before hitting the ground, as played immediately waved to the sidelines for trainers.
Ingram walked to the sideline under his own power.
Since it was a Thursday night game, Ingram has a few extra days to recover before Week 12. Tim Hightower would be a Sneaky Start if Ingram can't play next week.
Saints HC Sean Payton and the Saints' players have a lot of love for backup running back Tim Hightower, who also had a big day as the starter at San Francisco (23 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown, one catch for 15 yards).
Hightower had an even bigger day with 102 yards on 26 carries against the Seattle Seahawks a week earlier. And he was terrific down the stretch last season after Ingram suffered a shoulder injury. The Saints are now 5-1 with Hightower as the leading back.
Related players: Mark Ingram
The story was about Ingram getting the game ball after a huge performance and bouncing back from the bench the week before. But despite that, it looks to be a split of the workload. Those who follow the team felt as far back as the offseason that Hightower was the team's best runner so it's not a shock the Saints wants to get Hightower in the mix. Both backs should have flex use in fantasy, however as the story said, the matchups get a little tougher.
A source told ESPN's Britt McHenry that backup Tim Hightower has earned more carries for this upcoming Sunday's game at the San Francisco 49ers after he ran for 102 yards on 26 carries in Ingram's place. But the source also said Ingram will bounce back and that the Saints will use a committee approach no matter which running back is the starter.
Those who follow the team felt as far back as the offseason that Hightower is the team's best runner despite Ingram being the lead back. It's the first time in Ingram's career he's lost two fumbles in the same season, the story pointed out.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:01pm
Mark Ingram’s role is intact as the Saints’ leading runner and every-down back. Nothing has changed in that department. And he has looked fine when he’s touched the ball (21 carries for 88 yards, six catches for 46 yards, zero touchdowns).
The more valid concern is that the Saints have always been quick to abandon the run. And that has definitely been the case so far this year, even in two close games.
The Saints’ 35 rushing attempts rank 31st in the NFL. They only ran the ball three times in the second half of their 16-13 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. HC Sean Payton said in the story that they would like more balance than that, despite being a pass-first team. So, owners can at least hold out hope there are better days ahead for Ingram.
The Saints' running back roles are one of the hardest things to project heading into the regular season. Mark Ingram will likely remain the workhorse, but there were times this summer when Tim Hightower looked like the best runner.
The team also has C.J. Spiller and Marcus Murphy who offer similar speed and agility. The story was mostly about Spiller and how he appears to be back to looking like a pass-catching weapon the Saints envisioned when they signed him, but the Hightower note is one Ingram owners may want to pay attention to.
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