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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saints Injury Report: Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson

By on 11/16/2014 07:30:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints are 4-5 and will be taking on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon. They will be without the services of multiple running backs including Pierre Thomas (shoulder/ribs), Khiry Robinson (arm) and Edwin Baker (concussion) as they are out for Sunday's contest. In their place will be former first-round pick Mark Ingram who is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.

Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson and Edwin Baker will all miss Sunday's game against the Bengals due to injury. All three backs were inactive and thus did not participate during any of the Saints practices.

This season started off solid for Pierre Thomas as he rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries with 204 yards and one touchdown on 26 receptions. Thomas was on pace to regain some of his old starting job, but suffered shoulder and rib injuries during a game against Detroit. He is due for a return in the coming weeks.

Back up RB Khiry Robinson has also been helpful for the Saints this season. In the absence of Mark Ingram, Robinson was outstanding, rushing for 271 yards and a touchdown on 50 carries. He was also injured during week seven's game against Detroit.

As for former Cleveland Brown's back Edwin Baker, he is out this week due to a concussion suffered during week 10 against the 49eers. Baker has just two yards this season for the Saints.

All in all though, the Saints should be alright heading into Sunday's game with Cincinnati.

Mark Ingram has been phenomenal as of late, averaging 130.6 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown and 10.6 receiving yards per game over the past three games. Prior to Ingram's shoulder injury, he had rushed for 143 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season. Ingram was limited all week in practice and is listed as probable for Sunday's game. I believe that Ingram should be 100% healthy and 100% deadly against an under-performing and injured Cincy defense.

While Ingram can handle being the starting back in New Orleans, he still will need more help on the offensive side of the ball. Sean Peyton hopes that all of his backs can be healthy as soon as possible, but ankle and arm injuries are serious matters that will take time to heal. Against the league's second worst rush defense, Ingram should have a career game. This season, the Bengals have allowed 143 rushing yards per game as well as a touchdown in every game (11 rushing touchdowns allowed this season). I expect Ingram to have a stellar game with at least 100 yards and two touchdowns.

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