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With Pierre Thomas ruled out and Khiry Robinson listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Panthers, Ingram could be in for another big workload. In Sunday night's rout of the Packers, Ingram received 54 of the Saints' 68 offensive snaps (79 percent).

While he hasn't yet been ruled out, Robinson's status for the tilt in Carolina looks shaky, at best, as he was unable to practice at all on Tuesday, after missing the game against Green Bay. Ingram ran all over the Packers' shoddy run defense on Sunday, rushing for a career-high 172 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run that put the nail in the Packers' proverbial coffin. While the strength of the Panthers' defense last season was their ability to stop the run, they rank 31st in the league in defending the run this season, so Ingram has another great opportunity to post big fantasy numbers, particularly with a number of top running backs on bye.

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Ingram had 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Sunday's 44-23 win over the Packers, adding one reception for three yards.

With Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) sidelined, Ingram got 24 of the 25 carries that went to a non-fullback running back. Travaris Cadet caught four passes for 40 yards while handling most of the work on passing downs, but Ingram dominated the carries all night, topping things off with nine totes for 64 yards and a touchdown (from 21 yards out) in the final quarter. He didn't have any runs longer than 28 yards, yet still piled up an impressive 7.2 yards per carry, picking up a number of first downs along the way. After making the best of a favorable matchup, Ingram may get another chance to dominate the carries, as the Saints have just three days off before facing the Panthers in Carolina on Thursday. Thomas is expected to miss at least one more game, while Robinson's potential availability is a bit more uncertain.

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Ingram is expected to see a heavy workload Sunday night, as both Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) are expected to miss the Week 8 contest against the Packers, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

While Ingram was unlikely to benefit much from Thomas' absence, as it was expected that Travaris Cadet would inherit Thomas' pass-catching duties, the absence of Robinson is another story. Edwin Baker is on the practice squad and could be activated if the Saints choose to make a roster move before the game, but at this point it appears that Ingram will see the vast majority of the carries out of the Saints' backfield - with Cadet the primary receiver - against Green Bay's 31st-ranked rush defense.

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Ingram (hand) had 10 carries for 16 rushing yards and two catches on three targets for 13 receiving yards Sunday against the Lions.

Ingram had not played since suffering the hand injury in Week 2 against the Browns, but resumed his role as the lead back following the team's Week 6 bye. It was a tough matchup to return to, as the Lions came into the game allowing the second-fewest rushing yards per game this season. That all changes next weekend, as the Saints will face off against a Packers defense ranked dead last in rushing yards allowed per game.

Mark Ingram RB NO 11 Days

Ingram (hand) is listed as active Sunday at Detroit, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

As he embarks upon his first game action since Week 2, Ingram will share the backfield with Pierre Thomas (illness) and Khiry Robinson, the latter of which fared well in his stead. During Ingram's three absences, Robinson racked up 47 carries for 245 yards, good for 5.2 YPC, but his lack of prowess in the passing attack lends credence to Ingram taking on a larger role sooner rather than later.

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Ingram (hand) is probable for Sunday's game against Detroit.

Ingram is ready to return to the Saints backfield, and he's arguably the team's top option after starting the year strong with 143 yards and three touchdowns on just 24 carries (6.0 YPC). Fellow power back Khiry Robinson ran strong in Ingram's absence, however, and it might be difficult for Ingram to push him out the door. Still, Ingram should be able to establish a more reliable presence in the offense since he has more of a pass-catching background than Robinson.

Mark Ingram RB NO 14 Days

Ingram (hand) was a full participant in practice Thursday, the Saints' official site reports.

That's back-to-back days of full practice for Ingram, with no reported problems. He seems poised to return Sunday against Detroit, though the Saints will have some decisions to make with regards to how they divvy up the snaps between Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas.

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Ingram (hand) practiced in full, the Saints' official site reports.

Ingram has achieved the initial step in his quest to play Sunday at Detroit, which would mark his first appearance since Week 2. If he indeed suits up, he would enter a timeshare out of the backfield with Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas. In such a scenario, Ingram may be hard-pressed to match his production -- 24 carries for 143 yards (6.0 YPC) and three touchdowns -- from the first two games of the season.

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Ingram (hand) said he plans to be back for the Saints' Week 7 game in Detroit following the team's Week 6 bye, reports ESPN.com. "My plan is to be back for the Detroit game," Ingram said Friday. "Obviously, I'm going to go through practice and make sure everything feels good and everything's feeling good. But my plan is to be out there vs. Detroit next week."

Ingram was off to the best start of his four-year career, running for a total of 143 yards with three touchdowns and 6.0 yards per carry in his first two games. While he is expected to get the majority of the carries upon his return, even Ingram admits that he is prepared to be part of a timeshare with fellow running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas. Said Ingram of the timeshare, "That's the system. We use a running back-by-committee approach. That's how it's been since I got here, and I don't really see it changing." As such, fantasy owners expecting Ingram to be a savior of sorts would be wise to temper expectations. Even though Ingram was off to a fantastic start to the season, he's likely not going to see 20 touches per game so long as he's stuck in a timeshare in New Orleans.

Mark Ingram RB NO 24 Days

A league source posits that Ingram (hand) could be ready to return from a broken hand after the Saints Week 6 bye, reports ESPN.com. A Week 7 return for Ingram would be right on schedule with the original timetable for his return.

Ingram was off to a hot start to open the season, averaging six yards per carry and scoring three touchdowns. With Ingram out, Khiry Robinson has been doing most of the heavy lifting out of the backfield, with Pierre Thomas still serving as the primary receiving option among Saints' running backs. A healthy Ingram, however, would likely return Robinson to a more complementary role, with Ingram receiving the majority of the carries, though all three running backs should be expected to be involved.