It looks like Mark Ingram will once again carry the load this week.
The Saints announced Friday afternoon that running back Khiry Robinson (forearm) and Pierre Thomas (ribs/shoulder) will be sidelined for the third-consecutive week due to injury. That means Ingram, who has 54 carries for 272 yards and three carries over the last two weeks, will once again carry the load.
Sean Payton was asked earlier this week if he’s concerned about the amount of carries Ingram is taking on. The coach said they would keep an eye on how Ingram responds, but said he was more concerned about the running back’s workload last Thursday against the Carolina Panthers.
“The bigger concern was a Thursday game coming off a Sunday and the quick turnaround,” Payton said. “We’ll be smart. We’ll see what type of game (we want to play) and what type of role we want to use (with him) this game. But, I think the Sunday night, Thursday night turnaround was something we had to pay attention to.”
The team also announced linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) will be out, meaning Ramon Humber should once again see a decent amount of snaps.
Ingram, center Jonathan Goodwin (knee/ankle), tackle Zach Strief (chest), and wide receiver Robert Meachem (ankle) are questionable.
Tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) and wide receiver Kenny Stills (thigh) are probable.
Meachem, Strief, Thomas, Robinson, and Hawthorne did not practice.
For the 49ers, linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) did not practice and is listed as questionable.