Saints place Mark Ingram on injured reserve, ending his season

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Mark Ingram has been placed on injured reserve, ending his 2015 campaign with the New Orleans Saints.

According to Ian Rapoport, the New Orleans Saints have placed running back Mark Ingram on injured reserve, ending his season.  The NFL transactions wire confirmed.

Earlier reports indicated that Ingram may be done for the year due to a ‘serious shoulder injury.’ He was listed on last week’s injury report with a shoulder issue, but played through it against the Carolina Panthers.

The injury truly sums up the Saints’ disappointing season.  Mark Ingram now joins a handful of players on the team’s injured reserve, including star cornerback Keenan Lewis, running back Khiry Robinson, and 2015 third-round pick cornerback P.J. Williams.

After the Saints re-signed Mark Ingram to a four-year, $16 million contract over the offseason, he was doing exactly what he is being paid for.  And he was doing it all without the luxury of a legitimate offensive line for him to run behind.

Before the injury, Ingram was on pace to become the first New Orleans running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Saints legend Deuce McAllister in 2006. Through 12 games, Ingram is 11th in the NFL with 769 rushing yards, adding six touchdowns and 405 receiving yards in the process.

With Mark Ingram going down, both C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower will lead the charge out of the backfield.  The Saints added fullback Austin Johnson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster in place of Ingram.

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