Saints’ Mark Ingram to have surgery today

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will have surgery today to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder with famed Dr. James Andrews. The Saints placed Ingram on injured reserve last night.

He originally suffered the injury, an AC sprain, in Week 10 against the Washington Redskins. He injured the same shoulder against the Carolina Panthers this past weekend.

“He knew, the club knew, that he was going to have to have it fixed,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.

Following a successful surgery, he’ll be back for OTA’s in 2016. With Ingram out, the Saints will count on C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower in a running back by committee situation.

Hightower, who is built like Ingram, could be the featured back while Spiller continues to be used occasionally.

The 25-year-old Ingram had 166 carries for 769 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. He had just one 100-yard rushing game, which he had a 143 yards on 14 carries on Oct. 25th against the Indianapolis Colts.

He also had 50 receptions for 405 yards.

Ingram ended his season with 1,174 total yards and a 4.6-yards-per-carry. In his final game of the season against the Panthers, he had 79 yards with 56-yards coming on the ground.

He’s had a little more than 50-rushing yards each game. Against the Houston Texans, he had just 52-yards on nine carries. Then, last week, on 12 carries, he had the 56-yards.

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