Everything seemed to be running on the right track for New Orleans Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram. This past Sunday, Ingram had a break-out game and rushed for 91 yards against Indianapolis, as the Saints rushed for a season-high 236 yards pounding the Colts 62-7 in an embarrassing fashion.
In the win Ingram was so close to reaching the century mark for rushing yards early in the fourth quarter, reaching 91 yards. However, he left the game limping to the locker room to get treated with a right ankle injury, according to Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune. Prior to leaving the game Ingram had an 11-yard run to Indianapolis' 18-yard line.
In the beginning of the week it wasn't exactly known as to Ingram's status or outcome of the injury. Basically leaving everything questionable for his status on him returning to play against the Rams. Saints acknowledge they have a great backs on their staff. One them added a touchdown after Ingram was injured in the this past Sunday that being Darren Sproles. If Ingram's injury turns out to be serious, Sproles would likely assume a larger role in the offense, but with the way Drew Brees is playing the team may not need to run much.
During this week for the Saints and Ingram it seemed somewhat promising to the effect to were he would be returning to practice and things would be looking good for him ready for him to play in the game in St Louis. However, on Tuesday the team said Ingram has an injured bruised heel, but that could change with the results of the x-rays.
Thursday rolled around and he missed the second-straight, it appeared increasingly likely that Ingram was going to be marked on the inactive just one week after his best performance of his young career.
Luckily for Saints, 2010's leading rusher, Chris Ivory, is ready to join the Saints' ninth-ranked ground game after his long rehabilitation from a broken left foot. Head coach Sean Payton indicated Ivory has fully recovered from off-season surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. This week for the first time since his injury late last season Ivory has been back at team activities. He started the regular season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. According to Payton the club will activate Ivory for Sunday's game at winless Rams. While at the same time Payton decided to rule out playing Ingram this week.
Frankly it really doesn't matter who is the ball carrier in the backfield for the Saints this week the Rams have the worst defense in stopping the run this season. Ingram loss will not be to significant here either considering the Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford will also be sitting this one out, making the Saints heavily favorites on Sunday.
Without a doubt the rookie running back Ingram has been a productive player this season earning nearly four yards per carry on 329 yards for the season, along with three touchdowns. However, having great talent and spirit on your team with backs like Sproles, Ivory and Pierre Thomas, Saints fans won't notice his absence this weekend.
Plus on a side note Rams fans will be preoccupied celebrating the Cardinals World Series victory that occured on Friday night.