Running back Mark Ingram missed practice again today, and it now seems likely that he will miss his second consecutive game while he recovers from a bruised heel.
Ingram originally suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of the Saints historic win over the Indianapolis Colts.
He rushed for a career high 91 yards while helping New Orleans run game achieve over 250 total yards rushing.
Last week running back Chris Ivory was added back to the active roster to assume Ingram’s role in the offense.
His return was not as successful as fans had hoped, rushing for only 18 yards on six carries.
Ivory though didn’t get much time to shine as the Saints went to the pass early in an attempt to play catchup after falling behind.
It was also the coaching staffs plan to use him sparingly while he re-acclimated to the speed and aggression of the game.
With Ingram almost certain to miss Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, Ivory will once again see the field in his place.
In week six of last season the Buccaneers were gashed by Ivory, who rushed for 158 yards on fifteen carries for a whopping 10.5 yards per carry average — his coming out party of sorts — that brought him national attention.
The Saints will look to avenge last month’s loss to the Buccaneers, especially considering that the NFC South crown is likely at stake, and Ivory is surely hoping for another big game against a Tampa defense than ranks 23rd against the run.
New Orleans entered last Sunday’s game as favorites over the previously winless St. Louis Rams, but emerged with perhaps the teams most shocking loss in the Sean Payton era, a 31-21 shellacking by a team that hadn’t scored more than 16 points in any previous week.