By Eric Schmidt

It’s been an injury plagues season for rookie RB Mark Ingram and it’s now been learned that the New Orleans Saints could be without the Alabama product for the remainder of the season and the playoffs. Ingram has been suffering from a foot injury and has missed the last three games. During practice this week, reports suggest Mark Ingram aggravated his foot injury.

When asked about Ingram’s turf toe injury and his setback this week, Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters, “I think you deal with it on a daily basis. I mentioned Mark kind of had a setback, you just treat it and rehab it.”

The loss of Ingram will not be a significant loss for the Saints as they make a push in the playoffs though. New Orleans has one of the deepest backfields in the NFL. Veteran Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Darren Sproles, all can assume rushing duties for New Orleans.Sproles leads the Saints in rushing this season and is averaging 7 yards per carry.

The New Orleans Saints moved back into the bottom of the first round in the 2011 NFL Draft in order to select Ingram. The rookie runner has appeared in 10 games for the Saints this season, carrying the ball 122 times for 474 yards and scoring five touchdowns.

 

 

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