New Orleans Saints tailback Mark Ingram missed practice again Thursday after suffering a setback with his lingering turf toe injury, according to Coach Sean Payton. Ingram has missed the past three games with the injury, and it now appears likely that he could miss the remainder of the season.
"We just gotta wait 'til it's healthy. It's real simple," Payton said.
Ingram returned to the practice field last week, participating only in individual drills. Then Wednesday he participated in team drills on a limited basis for the first time. But Payton said he aggravated the injury during Wednesday's practice.
Ingram's health concerns, combined with the way his replacement Chris Ivory has performed over the past three games, make Ingram a long shot to return to action during the Saints' playoff run.
It does not appear that Ingram will make his return this week and may be a longshot to play next weekend if the Saints don't earn a first round bye. Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory will continue handle the bulk of the carries out of the New Orleans backfield.