The New Orleans Saints restructured Mark Ingram 's (shoulder) contract Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Ingram parlayed a career-high 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 into a four-year contract last March. On pace to break those marks this past season, he played through a shoulder concern in Weeks 12 and 13, before the Saints discovered that a torn left rotator cuff was to blame. Surgery was quickly ordered up, ending his season with 769 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He further expanded his game, though, with career bests in receptions (50) and receiving yards (405). Following the adjustment to his contract, a portion has been tabbed as a signing bonus, with the remaining to be spread across the years left on the deal.
Mark Ingram is slated to undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn left rotator cuff, ESPN.com reports.
This info clarifies the nature of the issue that landed Ingram on IR, and given the timing of the procedure, the running back will have plenty of recovery time in advance of the 2016 season. Down the stretch, in Ingram's absence, the New Orleans Saints figure to rely primarily on a backfield duo of C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower, with Marcus Murphy on hand in a reserve role.
The New Orleans Saints placed Mark Ingram (shoulder) on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Initial fears have been realized, as tests on Ingram's shoulder will end his season prematurely. The Saints haven't revealed the nature of the issue, but head coach Sean Payton will now turn to Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller to man the backfield for the rest of the campaign.
According to Rand Getlin of NFL Network, Mark Ingram is dealing with a potentially season-ending shoulder injury.
In Week 10, Ingram was sidelined for a time after taking a hard hit, but the New Orleans Saints ' subsequent bye week didn't aid in shedding any light on the situation. Once the team kicked off preparation for Week 12, the running back was listed as a limited participant on both Nov. 25 and 26 with a shoulder issue. Although he's practiced in full in the interim, his usage has been scaled back somewhat over the last two games, as he's toted the rock 21 times for 108 yards, corralled 10 of 14 targets for 68 yards, and tallied a rushing touchdown. After making a four-year investment in Ingram in the offseason, the Saints would be warranted in shutting him down in the midst of a lost season, but that decision has yet to be made. If the Saints opt for the cautious approach, C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower would be the beneficiaries.
Mark Ingram (shoulder) had 12 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Panthers. He also had a two-point conversion and caught four of six targets for 23 yards.
It looked like Ingram had scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Cam Newton led the Panthers on a late touchdown drive. Ingram dominated the touches out of the backfield Sunday, as C.J. Spiller didn't carry the ball and Tim Hightower had just one carry for two yards. Despite the absence of Khiry Robinson (leg), who is out for the season, Ingram surprisingly hasn't been able to find the end zone lately, scoring his first touchdown since Week 7. However, if he continues to see all the work, he's likely to start scoring touchdowns again. Next week, he and the New Orleans Saints will face the Bucs in Tampa Bay.
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|P2||8/20/16||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/23/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/17/16||@ CAR||8:25 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
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|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||5||156||602||3.9||31||5||4||28|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||3||78||386||4.9||34||1||3||18|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||9||226||964||4.3||31||9||5||47|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||10||166||769||4.6||70||6||5||44|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||4||11||46||4.2||9||0||0||0||3|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||5||6||29||4.8||16||0||0||0||2|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||3||7||68||9.7||23||0||1||0||2|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||9||29||145||5.0||14||0||0||0||5|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||10||50||405||8.1||59||0||3||1||22|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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