This afternoon, Ian Rapoport broke the news that the New Orleans Saints have placed starting running back Mark Ingram on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury. This caps Ingram’s season at 12 games played, or the fourth time in his five NFL seasons in which he has missed at least three games.
Ingram’s injury marks a major blow to the New Orleans Saints’ offense, which ranks ninth in the league in total points scored, including an NFL-season-high 52 points in a victory over the New York Giants earlier this season. In just 12 games, Ingram had already set a career high for total yards from scrimmage, with 1,174, thanks to his increased role in New Orleans’ passing game. In his first four NFL seasons combined, Ingram caught 53 passes for 288 yards. This year, he caught 50 passes for 405 yards, or fifth on the Saints in receiving yards.
So far, Ingram has accounted for 769 of the team’s 1,133 total rushing yards. New Orleans’ second-leading rusher, Khiry Robinson, is also on Injured Reserve, having fractured his tibia after eight games played. The remaining running backs on the Saints’ roster are C.J. Spiller, who has 108 rushing yards and 216 receiving yards on the season, and Tim Hightower, who has received 12 carries in New Orleans this season after not appearing in the NFL since 2011.
Ingram is in the first year of a four-year, $16 million contract with New Orleans, just under half of which is guaranteed.