Mark Ingram Injury Updates

Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) is expected to play against the Titans on Saturday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ingram got in just 1 limited practice this week but "did not appear to favor his injured calf" in the portion of Thursday's workout open to the media, per ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Still at risk of being limited and/or aggravating that injury, Ingram is a risky fantasy play this weekend.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Ravens RB Mark Ingram is dealing with "tightness" in his injured calf. He practiced last week but was sidelined on Tuesday. "Pulled back to avoid re-injury," Rapoport adds. "He still has a chance to play the Titans on Saturday." We'll obviously keep a close eye on this over the next few days. Gus Edwards will serve as lead back, with rookie Justice Hill as the #2, if Ingram misses the Divisional Round game.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said Friday that RB Mark Ingram (calf) is expected to practice next week and is "on track" for Saturday's Divisional Round game. That jibes with the original report we got on Ingram's injury. Baltimore's lead back is certainly in play for your postseason fantasy leagues.

The MRI on Ravens RB Mark Ingram's injured calf confirmed a strain, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. "The hope is Ingram is back on the field for the playoffs based on the severity of the injury," Rapoport adds. Ingram will sit out Sunday's meaningless regular-season finale and then get another week to rest up before Baltimore's Divisional Round game.

Ravens RB Mark Ingram suffered a calf injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns. He's officially questionable to return, but don't expect to see him back out there with Baltimore nursing a comfortable lead. Ingram's absence leaves the Ravens with RBs Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.

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 NFL.com'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.

 
 
 

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