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The Saints backfield got a bit less crowded with the anticipated trade or release of Darren Sproles.  Pierre Thomas might be following him out the door.  It means that Mark Ingram is likely in for a bigger role in 2014.  "It's an exciting time in my career," Ingram said. "I just want to take advantage of my situation and the opportunity that's presenting itself. Just want to prove to the organization that I can be the back they wanted, an every-down back, type of playmaker that they need.  I'm excited about my situation. It's unfortunate to see a lot of guys go, but I'm excited about my opportunity that I have coming up." The former 1st-rounder has been a disappointment through 3 seasons, totaling just 1,462 rushing yards on a 4.1 per-carry average.  It's worth noting, though, that Ingram recorded a career-best 4.9 yards per carry in 2013.  And he ripped off 249 yards on 44 carries (5.7 YPC) in New Orleans' final 4 games (including the playoffs).  Perhaps Ingram has finally turned the corner.  We're especially curious to see if he takes on a bigger pass-catching role in 2014.  Ingram has just 24 catches over the past 3 seasons but did catch 53 balls in his final 2 years at Alabama.

5 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram is not listed on the Week 9 injury report and will play against the Jets on Sunday.  He's been sidelined by a bum toe since Week 2.  Ingram isn't a fantasy option, but his return will put a dent in RB Pierre Thomas' workload.

5 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills.  RB Pierre Thomas is a good bet for another 12+ touches.

Saints RB Mark Ingram told ESPN's Mike Triplett that he feels like he's "finally getting over the hump" with his injured toe.  He said after Friday's practice that his injured toe feels better than it has at any point since he hurt it in Week 2 against the Bucs.  Of course, Ingram continued to disappoint even before the injury.  We'll see how soon he's actually ready to return and how he performs once he does.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bills.  He returned to a limited practice on Friday and seems to have a shot to play this week.  Ingram isn't a fantasy option, but his return would put a dent in RB Pierre Thomas' upside.

Saints insider Mike Triplett believes RB Mark Ingram suffered a setback in his return from a toe injury.  Ingram put in limited practices over the bye week, but he's yet to get on the field this week.  Ingram has been out since Week 2 and has no timetable for return.  He has no place on redraft fantasy rosters.

6 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is inactive for today's game against the Patriots.  He returned to practice this week but isn't ready for game action yet.  It's good news for RB Pierre Thomas, who should see 12+ touches today.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) put in a limited week of practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.  Ingram isn’t a fantasy factor, but his return would put a dent in RB Pierre Thomas’ outlook.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.  The 1st round bust hasn’t played since Week 2 and remains far off the fantasy radar.  Leave him on the waiver wire.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) has been ruled out for this weekend’s game against the Bears.  Khiry Robinson led the backfield with 12 carries in Ingram’s absence last week.  Pierre Thomas carried just 4 times but did catch 5 balls.  PT is a fine RB2 in PPR leagues but just a RB3 or flex in non-PPR.  Robinson is just a flier.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) remained sidelined in Wednesday's practice.  It looks like he's dealing with a serious case of turf toe.  Consider Ingram week-to-week.  Pierre Thomas and rookie Khiry Robinson will continue to share backfield duties against the Bears on Sunday.

6 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram is inactive for the 2nd straight week as he deals with a toe injury.  That's obviously good news once again for RB Pierre Thomas.  The Saints barely gave Thomas any 1st-half work against the Cardinals in Week 3, and he finished with a lackluster rushing day.  Thomas carries upside tonight, however, against a Dolphins D that let Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling combine for about 4.8 yards per carry on 29 attempts last week.

6 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) was once again held out of practice on Friday.  He's unlikely to play against the Dolphins on Monday night, giving Pierre Thomas RB2 upside.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) did not practice on Thursday.  His status for Monday night's game against the Dolphins is uncertain, but Ingram isn't a fantasy option regardless.

7 months ago

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals.  It should mean a few extra touches for RB Pierre Thomas, who’s averaging 5.1 yards per carry this season.  PT is a RB2 candidate.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is not expected to play against the Cardinals today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  We still don't have any details on Ingram's injury, but toe issues are generally bad news for RBs.  And Ingram didn't practice at all this week.  Assuming he's inactive, RB Pierre Thomas figures to pick up a few extra targets.  He's on the RB2 radar.  RB Darren Sproles could see an increased workload, too, but he should be in fantasy lineups regardless.

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