Saints running back Mark Ingram not present at open portion of practice Wednesday _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs against the Tennessee Titans at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

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New Orleans starting running back Mark Ingram was not present at the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday.

Ingram, who ranked sixth in the NFL in yards from scrimmage, has been having arguably his best season, but the NFL Network reported Wednesday afternoon that Ingram has a serious shoulder injury that could end the feature back’s season.

Ingram was listed as a full participant in practices all last week with a shoulder injury, and he played until the end of the game.

A new running back, wearing No. 37, was present at the portion of the Saints’ practice open to the media.

Ingram has rushed for 769 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry, and he’s also developed into an excellent receiver, catching 50 passes for 401 yards, and he’s scored six touchdowns on the season.

Left tackle Terron Armstead, who has been battling a knee injury, also wasn’t present at Wednesday’s practice, but that’s been standard procedure for the left tackle. Cornerback Delvin Breaux, who pulled his hamstring on Sunday, did not participate in the open portion of practice.

Defensive tackle John Jenkins (concussion) and cornerback Brian Dixon (hip) also did not participate.

Right guard Jahri Evans, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, wide receiver Willie Snead and cornerback Damian Swann, all of whom missed Sunday’s loss to the Panthers, all participated in the portion of practice open to the media.