The New Orleans Saints could have running back Mark Ingram back in week nine against the New York Jets. Ingram has not played since September 15 in a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and could finally suit up against the Jets. Ingram was not listed on the injury report this week, which has many thinking that he will play.
If Ingram does play this week, don’t expect him to have a big impact. In the two games that Ingram has played this season, he has only rushed 17 times for 38 yards and no touchdowns. Ingram’s 1.8 yards per rush is abysmal and simply not good enough for a supposed No. 1 running back. Ingram has not really had that big of an impact during his tenure with the Saints and this could be his last season with the team.
The former Heisman-Trophy winner’s career has been riddled with numerous injuries and perhaps he has never been able to get into a rhythm. This season he has not played much, but based on his track record I would not expect him to do that much if and when he returns.
However, Ingram’s play is not entirely his fault. The Saints run a pass-heavy offense and do not run the ball as much as they would like. If Ingram had more carries then maybe he could have more production. Furthermore, the Saints’ other running backs have not been very good this season so the Saints should actively look to run the ball more.
Hopefully Ingram can prove me wrong and have a strong debut whenever he returns. If Ingram can make an impact this season then maybe he could be a New Orleans Saint for a long time, otherwise a change of scenery might do him some good.