Saints RB Mark Ingram (Source: mlive.com)

New Orleans Saints: Injury's short before Falcons, RB Ingram may return

Once again the injury report is fairly light for the New Orleans Saints as they prepare to face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, a game that will help determine the next NFC South champion.

Running back Mark Ingram (turf toe), guard Jahri Evans (knee), linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee), and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (hamstring) all participated in positional drills but did not participate in team scrimmages.

Vilma continues to rest his surgically repaired knee as a precaution even though the injury has not prevented him from missing any actual games over recent weeks.

Ellis missed week fourteen’s game against the Tennessee Titans, but he returned last week to face the Vikings where he made he three tackles.

Statistically he is having his worse season as a pro accounting for only .5 sack after totaling six last year.

Evans was injured last week while playing against Minnesota. He left the game temporarily before returning to finish out the contest, and he should be just fine to face Atlanta in this pivotal NFC South game.

Running back Mark Ingram has been sidelined for the last two weeks while he recovers from a case of turf toe.

His injury is not serious, but the Saints have three other healthy running backs on the roster in Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and the physical Chris Ivory.

This could be the week he returns for the Saints considering the importance of the game, and that of course means that the team would likely deactivate Ivory come game day.

Outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas returned to practice today in a limited capacity as did defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin. Casillas has missed the last several weeks with a knee injury.

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