Dec 2, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II (14) and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Mark Ingram (knee) out for finale

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II was ruled out of Sunday’s regular-season finale against the host Atlanta Falcons because of a knee injury.

Ingram had been questionable in advance of Sunday’s game, which the Saints need to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. New Orleans also would need the Los Angeles Rams to defeat the San Francisco 49ers to make the playoffs.

Ingram did not play in last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers. He has rushed for 554 yards on 160 carries with two touchdowns for the Houston Texans and Saints this season. He has 260 yards on 68 carries in seven games (three starts) since returning to the Saints for a Week 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New Orleans did activate right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (knee) to the active roster. Defensive end Marcus Davenport (ankle) also was ruled active after he was listed as questionable this week.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (14) celebrates after a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints RB Mark Ingram lands on COVID list

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list following a positive test, The Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

The Saints placed defensive end Cameron Jordan on the list Monday.

Ingram is vaccinated, according to the report, which means he can return after receiving two negative test results 24 hours apart.

It’s unlikely he would be cleared in time for Sunday’s game between the Saints (5-7) and host New York Jets (3-9). New Orleans is on a four-game losing streak.

Ingram, 31, joined the Saints in an Oct. 29 trade with the Houston Texans. He has rushed for 233 yards and one TD and has 18 catches for 130 yards in five games since returning to New Orleans, where he played from 2011-18.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has accumulated 9,900 yards from scrimmage with 74 touchdowns in 144 career games with the Saints, Baltimore Ravens (2019-20) and Texans.

Ingram’s potential absence comes as running back Alvin Kamara reportedly returned to practice Wednesday after missing the last four games with a knee injury.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II (14) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints RB Mark Ingram (knee) also out vs. Bills

The New Orleans Saints will be without their top two running backs Thursday night as Mark Ingram also has been ruled out of the Thanksgiving game against the Buffalo Bills.

Saints coach Sean Payton told Fox Sports earlier Thursday that Ingram will join Alvin Kamara on the sidelines with a knee injury. Ingram, who had been listed as questionable for the game, was limited in practice Wednesday.

The Saints (5-5) are expected to feature a backfield of Tony Jones and Ty Montgomery against the Bills (6-4).

It will be Kamara’s third straight missed game with a knee injury.

Kamara initially was hurt during a loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 7. He has 530 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to go with 32 receptions for 310 yards and four scores through the air in eight games.

Ingram rushed for a season-best 88 yards on 16 carries in last week’s 40-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 205 yards and one touchdown on 45 carries and also has caught 17 passes for 132 yards in four games since joining the Saints.

Jones has 79 yards rushing in five games this season. Montgomery has just 13 yards rushing and 54 receiving yards.

New Orleans also ruled out offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (knee) and defensive ends Marcus Davenport (shoulder) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle).

Offensive tackle Terron Armstead (knee, shoulder) is questionable.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Alvin Kamara remains out at practice

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was not spotted on the practice field during the portion open to the media on Thursday.

Kamara also missed practice on Wednesday, three days after sustaining a knee injury during New Orleans’ 27-25 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Recent acquisition Mark Ingram would be in line for additional playing time should Kamara sit out Sunday’s road game against the Tennessee Titans.

Kamara, 26, leads the team in carries (146) and rushing yards (530). His three rushing touchdowns are tied for the team lead with Taysom Hill.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Kamara also leads the club in receptions (32) and is second in receiving yards (310). His four touchdown receptions are tied for the team lead with Marquez Callaway.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Houston Texans running back Mark Ingram (2) attempts to get away from Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Zaire Franklin (44) during the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton: ‘Absolutely’ Mark Ingram could play Sunday

New Orleans coach Sean Payton said Thursday there’s a “high chance” that newly acquired running back Mark Ingram could suit up for the Saints on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

The Saints expect Ingram to practice Friday. Reports that the Saints acquired Ingram from Houston came Thursday, though terms still have not been revealed.

Payton said he and general manager Mickey Loomis discussed trading for Ingram on Monday in Seattle, where the Saints defeated the Seahawks on Monday night.

“With a player like him, it’s hard to gauge if a team has any interest,” Payton said Thursday. “We felt like it was worth calling, just kind of poking around. Once that momentum began, I was still somewhat skeptical, just relative to the role he was playing for them.”

He added that Ingram’s “little partner in crime,” Alvin Kamara, also pitched trading for Ingram after it was already in the works.

Asked if Ingram could play Sunday, Payton said “absolutely.”

“That’s a good chance. Absolutely. That’s a high chance,” Payton said.

Ingram, 31, is back with the team that drafted him No. 28 overall in 2011. Ingram is 90 rushing yards away from passing Deuce McAllister (6,096) as the Saints’ all-time leading rusher.

Ingram racked up 7,605 yards from scrimmage and made two Pro Bowls in eight seasons with the Saints before leaving for the Baltimore Ravens in free agency in 2019.

He started all seven games for the Texans this season after signing a one-year contract with the team last offseason. He rushed for 294 yards with a touchdown for the Texans while rarely being utilized out of the backfield in the passing game.

Ingram made the Pro Bowl with the Ravens in his first season, recording 1,265 total yards and 15 touchdowns in 2019. The Ravens released him in January.

For his career, Ingram has rushed for 7,618 yards and caught 267 passes for 1,919 yards. He has 73 career touchdowns for the Saints (2011-18), Ravens (2019-20) and Texans.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Houston Texans running back Mark Ingram (2) before the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints bring back RB Mark Ingram in trade

New Orleans reportedly traded for Houston’s Mark Ingram on Wednesday, reuniting with the running back who ran for 50 touchdowns and made two Pro Bowls in eight seasons with the Saints.

Ingram, 31, is back with the team who drafted him No. 28 overall in the 2011 draft, NFL Network reported.

Terms of the trade were not yet reported.

Ingram racked up 7,605 yards from scrimmage in eight seasons with the Saints before leaving for the Baltimore Ravens in free agency in 2019.

Ingram fills a need behind Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara. The pair were teammates in 2018.

Ingram started all seven games for the Texans this season after signing a one-year contract with the team last offseason. He rushed for 294 yards with a touchdown for the Texans while not being utilized out of the backfield in the passing game.

Ingram made the Pro Bowl with the Ravens in his first season, recording 1,265 total yards and 15 touchdowns in 2019. The Ravens released Ingram in January.

For his career, Ingram has rushed for 7,618 yards and caught 267 passes for 1,919 yards. He has 73 career touchdowns for the Saints (2011-18), Ravens (2019-20) and Texans.

–Field Level Media

Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (21) adjusts his face mask before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: RB Mark Ingram agrees to one-year deal with Texans

After being phased out and eventually released by the Baltimore Ravens, three-time Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram has caught on with the Houston Texans, ESPN reported Thursday.

The 31-year-old reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million.

Ingram made the Pro Bowl in 2019 when he appeared in 15 games and rushed 202 times for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns. But in 2020 he was scratched for four of the Ravens’ last five games, including two playoff games, and rushed just 72 times for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. Baltimore released Ingram in January.

The 28th pick overall by New Orleans in the 2011 NFL Draft, Ingram spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Saints before joined the Ravens for two years.

In 132 career games (87 starts), Ingram has rushed 1,595 times for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has 260 receptions for 1,895 yards and 10 scores.

–Field Level Media

Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (21) adjusts his face mask before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens to release RB Ingram

The Baltimore Ravens will release veteran running back Mark Ingram on Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN.

The move will save $5 million in salary-cap space for Baltimore, which was eliminated from the playoffs last weekend by the Buffalo Bills.

The 31-year-old Ingram was inactive for the game after slipping behind Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins on the depth chart. He rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 2020 — one year after rushing for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns and earning his third career Pro Bowl selection.

In 132 career games (87) starts with the Ravens and New Orleans Saints, Ingram has rushed for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has caught 260 passes for 1,895 yards and 10 touchdowns.

New Orleans selected Ingram in the first round (No. 28 overall) out of Alabama in 2011.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) hands off to running back Mark Ingram (21) against the Washington Football Team during the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens RB Ingram will be inactive vs. Bills

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram will be a healthy scratch against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, according to a report from ESPN.

Ingram, 31, “is fully healthy and is said to understand that this is a business decision for Baltimore,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted.

The veteran has slipped on the team’s depth chart at running back behind Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.

The Ravens could clear $5 million in salary-cap space if they release Ingram during the offseason. They would lose that option if Ingram were to get injured this weekend or in another playoff game before the end of the season.

The team’s decision to make Ingram inactive likely indicates that his time in Baltimore is coming to an end. He rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns this season — one year after rushing for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns and earning his third career Pro Bowl selection.

In 132 career games (87) starts with the Ravens and New Orleans Saints, Ingram has rushed for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has caught 260 passes for 1,895 yards and 10 touchdowns.

New Orleans selected Ingram in the first round (No. 28 overall) out of Alabama in 2011.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2020; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell (93) moves through defensive line coach Joe Cullen blocks during the morning session of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

DE Campbell among three Ravens removed from COVID-19 list

The Baltimore Ravens activated three more players from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday, including starting defensive end Calais Campbell and running back Mark Ingram II.

Also activated was backup defenseman lineman Jihad Ward.

The return of Campbell, who has four sacks, will be a big boost for the struggling Ravens. After a 5-1 start, Baltimore has lost four of its past five games and is out of playoff position ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Ravens had more than 20 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list — a list now whittled down to 10. The outbreak forced their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, to be delayed twice and it was finally played Wednesday. Their Week 13 game against the Cowboys also was moved from Thursday to Tuesday.

Team president Dick Cass addressed the team situation in a statement on Saturday.

“Our thoughts are with our infected players, staff and their families,” he said. “They are receiving treatment and are being monitored to provide them with the best possible care, and we are hoping for a full recovery for all.

“We want to thank our players. Their proactive efforts and resolve during this difficult situation were nothing short of extraordinary. We couldn’t be prouder of them.

“We also offer our profound appreciation to the NFL, the Steelers, the Cowboys, and the fans, for their support, understanding and flexibility during this time of unforeseen upheaval due to this coronavirus outbreak.”

Cass said the NFL informed the team that the Ravens had “at least four unique strains of COVID-19 in our facility. Three of the four were stopped and not spread within our organization. Unfortunately, the fourth was a highly contagious strain and spread throughout our organization.”

Yet to be activated for the Ravens is quarterback Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Pplayer. With backup Robert Griffin III landing on injured reserve on Friday with a hamstring injury, third-stringer Trace McSorley took first-team reps this week to prepare to start against the Cowboys in case Jackson can’t.

Campbell has been out since Nov. 8, when he sustained a calf injury in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, he also has 24 tackles and 10 quarterback hits in eight games.

Ingram has seen his role diminish this season with the emergence of rookie running back J.K. Dobbins. In eight game, Ingram has run for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

Dobbins, linebacker Pernell McPhee, and offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura were activated from the list Friday. It is unclear whether any of the activated players will suit up against Dallas.

Earlier this week, coach John Harbaugh said doctors would decide when players could return to the field.

“When the doctors clear them for practice, that’s when we’ll have them,” Harbaugh said.

–Field Level Media