Mark Ingram RB NO 13 Hrs

Ingram underwent a surgical procedure this week to repair a fracture in his hand, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Coach Sean Payton relayed Wednesday that because the bone in Ingram's hand was fractured and displaced, there was no way that the running back could play through the injury. While a precise timetable wasn't presented for Ingram's return to action, Payton indicated that the running back's status would be in the "week-to-week" category. As long as Ingram is out, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are in line for added work out of the New Orleans backfield.

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Ingram is expected to miss about a month due to a hand injury he suffered during Sunday's game, ESPN reports.

Ingram once again led the Saints in rushing Sunday against the Browns, when he totaled 83 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. However, in a surprise development, Ingram will now be sidelined because of a hand injury he picked up along the way Sunday. As a result, Ingram's encouraging early season production of 143 rushing yards and three touchdowns will be put on hold. While his time off will include New Orleans' Week 6 bye week, both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson figure to carry the bulk of the Saints' backfield touches moving forward.

Mark Ingram RB NO 3 Days

Ingram had 11 carries for 83 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as three catches on four targets for 21 receiving yards Sunday against the Browns.

The Saints were hardly impressive overall, but Ingram was able to put together another good game. Despite getting only 24 carries through two games, he has 143 rushing yards and three touchdowns, all of which lead the team. Khiry Robinson grabbed eight carries Sunday, but only turned them into 31 yards, with Pierre Thomas running three times for 16. While the Saints will continue to split the work-load, Ingram appears to be in the driver's seat for a majority of the touches, including the goal-line work (his TD was a one-yarder), which makes him far more valuable than the other options.

Mark Ingram RB NO 10 Days

Ingram took only 20 of the Saints' 75 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss in Atlanta, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. Meanwhile, Pierre Thomas was on the field for 34 snaps, and Travaris Cadet and Khiry Robinson each took 12, respectively.

Since head coach Sean Payton took over in 2006, the Saints have deployed a committee approach to their backfield distribution, and Triplett expects a similar snap distribution all year. Despite making the most of his snaps with 13 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns, this could be bad news for Ingram, as it is unlikely he will continue to score two touchdowns per game given the Saints' penchant for the pass. While he should still see the majority of the carries - and remain one of the team's top options near the goal line - his scattered workload as part of a committee in a pass-happy offense could to lead to frustratingly inconsistent results once again for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Mark Ingram RB NO 10 Days

Ingram had 13 carries for 60 yards and two touchdown Sunday against the Falcons.

Ingram had a bit of an outburst on the sideline during the second half, but calmed down enough to score on two three-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter. The Saints used a committee-approach Sunday, with Ingram leading the backfield in carries, Khiry Robinson scoring on a short touchdown in the first half and Pierre Thomas doing most of his damage in the passing game. While the Saints eventually lost in overtime, there wasn't a single player in the backfield that outperformed the others, so the committee approach could continue in Week 2 against the Browns.

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Ingram gained 46 yards on eight carries in Saturday's third preseason game against the Colts.

Ingram continued to impress this preseason, though it must be noted that the Colts were one of the worst teams in the league at defending the run last season. Still, Ingram once again out-performed supposed timeshare mate Khiry Robinson, and according to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Ingram is beginning to look more like the team's primary running back, even if Robinson takes some share of the regular season rushing load. Ingram has certainly burned fantasy owners before but given his current late-round ADP, he may be worth a flier backed by the Saints' explosive offense.

Mark Ingram RB NO 1 Month

Ingram gained only 19 yards on five carries but also had a 23-yard touchdown reception in the Saints' preseason game against the Titans on Friday.

Ingram predictably shared much of the first-team workload with Khiry Robinson, but Pierre Thomas did much of the heavy lifting through the air, catching three first-half passes. Expect the Saints the use a similar blueprint during the year in deploying their three-headed running back committee.

Mark Ingram RB NO 1 Month

Ingram rushed eight times for 83 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason opener against the Rams.

Ingram, who split the first-half workload with Khiry Robinson, picked on the Rams' starters and backups. While it can't hurt that he's listed atop the initial depth chart, Ingram figures to work in tandem with Robinson and Pierre Thomas, as is tradition in New Orleans.

Mark Ingram RB NO 2 Months4 Comments

Mark Ingram opened Saints training camp as the first-team running back.

Coach Sean Payton referred to Ingram as "one of our starters," while Pierre Thomas ran with the twos. "He's a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said of Ingram. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up." Including playoffs, Ingram rushed 55 times for 374 yards (6.8 YPC) and two touchdowns in the four games he received at least ten carries last season. The Saints are likely to continue utilizing a three-man backfield, however.

Mark Ingram RB NO 3 Months

Mark Ingram confirmed his contract status will serve as motivation this year.