Mark Ingram Injury Updates

Saints RB Mark Ingram (toe) is expected to play against the Falcons tonight, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We don't know much about the toe injury, but Ingram didn't practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, so it seems like a real issue. There's added risk this week, but fantasy football's #4 RB needs to be in starting lineups if active. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET tonight.

The Saints added Alvin Kamara to the backfield with the 67th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Kamara is a tough case to crack. He flashes elite burst and change-of-direction on tape and tested as an 83rd percentile athlete among RBs. But he totaled just 210 carries in 2 seasons at Tennessee after transferring from Alabama. His time at Tuscaloosa included a knee injury and a suspension for “behavioral reasons.” Kamara also suffered a sprained left LCL and meniscus this past year. He looks like a boom/bust prospect as a runner but should at least contribute in the passing game after totaling 74 catches for 683 yards (9.2 yards per catch) and 7 TDs over the last 2 years. That’ll be his only shot to make an impact in 2017 in a backfield with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Ingram is signed for just 2 more years, though, and Peterson is 32 years old. Kamara definitely has a shot to develop into the Saints’ lead back of the future, making him an intriguing dynasty pick.

The Saints and RB Adrian Peterson have agreed to terms. It's officially a 2-year, $7 million deal, but it'll play out like a 1-year contract with a team option for 2018. Peterson gets $3.5 million guaranteed this year, but none of the remaining $3.5 million is guaranteed for 2018. The contract -- and how long it took him to get 1 -- tells us how the league views AP at this point. He's a 32-year-old RB with over 2,600 career touches and a lengthy injury history. Saints insider Nick Underhill fully expects Mark Ingram to remain New Orleans' lead back, with Peterson as the backup. So he'll essentially be replacing Tim Hightower, who tallied 133 carries and 22 catches last year. Those 155 touches are a good initial projection for Peterson. He'll likely settle into RB3 range in our 2017 rankings -- albeit with TD upside. Ingram's stock takes a hit, but he could still average somewhere around the 14.6 carries per game he has over the past 3 seasons. And his pass-catching role should remain.

Saints RB Mark Ingram played through toe and knee injuries against the Bucs and saw just 8 touches (7 carries, 1 catch). Tim Hightower, meanwhile, matched him in targets (2) and saw just 1 fewer rush (6). Ingram managed just 14 yards on the ground and 9 more through the air. In such a messy backfield — and with the Saints offense in a funk — Ingram will be tough to sell as even an RB2 vs. Arizona.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB Mark Ingram (concussion) has received medical clearance and will play against the Rams today. He had taken back over as New Orleans' lead back before last week's head injury and is a better fantasy bet than RB Tim Hightower today. Check out where both guys sit in our Week 12 RB Rankings.

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Updating an earlier report, the Saints have officially ended RB Mark Ingram's season by putting him on IR with a shoulder injury. That elevates Tim Hightower into a de facto lead role, though Ingram had seen only 26 total carries in his past 3 games. We certainly can't count on Hightower to step right into a heavier workload. And C.J. Spiller figures to take the bulk of Ingram's receiving work -- unless that gets spread to other positions. Both players make some sense as speculative pickups, but only if you're dumping a low-value bench guy for 1 of them. And neither belongs anywhere near a fantasy football lineup this week while we wait to see what the Saints do without Ingram. The loss of Ingram likely raises the target ceiling for the rest of New Orleans' pass-catchers.

Saints RB Mark Ingram is dealing with a "serious shoulder injury," according to's Rand Getlin.  "There is some fear it could be season ending," Getlin adds.  Ingram has been on the injury report with the shoulder the past 2 weeks but was listed as probable, so he must have aggravated it in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.  With New Orleans' season over at 4-8, they could decide to just shut Ingram down.  That'd leave the Saints with RBs C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower.  Neither would be a reliable fantasy play.

Saints RB Khiry Robinson left Sunday's game against the Giants late in the 2nd quarter with what looks like a significant lower-leg injury. He spent a long time down on the field before being lifted on a cart. If this proves as serious as it looks, in can only help Mark Ingram's touch safety going forward and might help C.J. Spiller find a more consistent role. It's a particularly tough blow for Robinson on the brink of restricted free agency, though.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.  Spiller is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, per Schefter.  Injuries have been a problem for Spiller throughout his first 5 NFL seasons, but he's actually never had a significant knee issue.  Still, the missed time isn't good news for a guy trying to settle into a new offense.  We'll track his recovery over the next month, but Spiller will probably end up as a risky early-season fantasy play.  If he's not ready by Week 1, it'd likely mean a bigger role for RB Khiry Robinson behind starter Mark Ingram.

Saints RB Mark Ingram has missed the last week of OTAs with a foot/ankle issue.  HC Sean Payton described it as "minor" and said the team is just being smart this early in the offseason.  “We’ve just sat him,” Payton said. “There’s nothing significant."  It doesn't sound like a concern for Ingram's 2015 fantasy outlook, but we'll continue to monitor his status.  He's missed 14 games over 4 NFL seasons with toe, heel and hand injuries.

Saints HC Sean Payton revealed on Wednesday that RB Mark Ingram's broken hand is still in a cast.  He suffered the injury about 3-and-a-half weeks ago.  Payton said that "there's a chance" that Ingram returns for Week 7, but he'd do so with a padded cast on the hand.  “With the fracture that he had, which is right where the thumb and the hand kind of go together, you gradually just reduce what he’s having to wear," Payton explained. "And he’s probably, I would say three or four weeks away from not having to wear anything."  Consider Ingram 50-50 to play in Week 7.  And we'll have to see how the hand issue impacts his game.  RB Khiry Robinson is worth hanging on to for now.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB Mark Ingram is expected to miss about a month after suffering a hand injury in Cleveland on Sunday.  Ingram, of course, has continued the impressive play he flashed in the preseason averaging 6 yards per carry and scoring 3 TDs through the 1st 2 weeks.  He also drew 4 targets and caught 3 passes against the Browns.  His absence obviously adds upside to both RB Pierre Thomas and RB Khiry Robinson.  Look for the Saints on whole to bounce back at home in a Week 3 matchup with the Vikings.  Ingram owners should hang on to him for now, unless your league is too shallow to allow for such a roster stash.

Update: Ingram has a broken hand, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Saints RB Mark Ingram was held out of Wednesday's practice with a toe injury.  It's the 1st we've heard of the issue.  Toe injuries can be debilitating for RBs, so it's a definite concern.  We'll keep a close eye on the situation, but this could be the break RB Pierre Thomas needs to finally find the touches he deserves.


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