Mark Ingram Injury: Updates on Saints RB's Week 17 Status and Fantasy Value

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2011

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 16:  Running back Mark Ingram #28 of the New Orleans Saints runs for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 16, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram missed his third straight game with a lingering toe injury as the Saints knocked off the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. The team is hoping to get him back for this weekend's game against the Carolina Panthers as they try to secure a first-round bye.

Keep checking back to this page throughout the week for the latest information on Ingram's availability and potential fantasy value.


UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 30 at 3:15 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss

Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune tweeted on Friday that Mark Ingram is one of several Saints players who have been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Make sure you adjust your fantasy football lineup accordingly and replace Ingram with a healthy player.

Thursday, Dec. 29 at 4:55 p.m. ET by Zachary D. Rymer

Mark Ingram may very well be done for the rest of the season.

According to Mike Triplett of The Times-Picayune, Ingram missed practice on Thursday after suffering a setback with his turf toe problem. Triplett says it appears "likely" that Ingram will not play again this season.

"We just gotta wait 'til it's healthy. It's real simple," said Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Payton said Ingram aggravated his injury on Wednesday. He has already missed three games in a row attempting to recover from it.

It just so happens that Chris Ivory has played well in place of Ingram, so there's no need whatsoever for the Saints to rush his return to the field.

If you were counting on Ingram to go out and win you a fantasy championship on Sunday, I'm afraid you'll have to look for points elsewhere. 


Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. ET

There has been no update from the Saints on Ingram's status since he was deactivated on Monday. CBS Sports reported that he hasn't been ruled out for the regular season's final game, so we're basically in a holding pattern until practices start up again.

Ingram has been a nice option in Fantasy when healthy but these injuries have hindered him a bit. Coach Sean Payton has not ruled him out for the season finale against the Panthers so keep an eye on his progress going forward.

Don't be surprised if New Orleans ends up playing it safe with their star rookie, especially if he's not yet back to 100 percent. They will be able to survive another week without him if it means he'll be ready to roll come playoff time. A clearer picture should become available over the next few days.