New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will miss Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with a toe injury, the team said.
Other injured inactives for the Saints (2-0) are safety Roman Harper (knee), safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle), nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (calf) and defensive end Tom Johnson (hamstring). Wide receiver Nick Toon and cornerback Rod Sweeting are healthy scratches.
For Arizona (1-1), quarterback Ryan Lindley, running back Ryan Williams, linebacker Kevin Minter, guard Earl Watford, tight end D.C. Jefferson and nose tackle Dan Williams are inactive. All are healthy scratches except Minter, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Williams is inactive for the Cardinals after his father was reportedly killed in a traffic accident while driving to New Orleans for the game, Arizona said Sunday. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (toe) are active for the Cardinals after being listed as questionable.
Ingram’s absence means undrafted rookie running back Khiry Robinson is active for the Saints. Robinson led the NFL in the preseason with 228 rushing yards on 49 carries and is behind Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas in the running back pecking order.
Ingram got 31 yards on 17 carries in the first two weeks of the season. He failed to convert goal-line runs against Tampa Bay in Week 2, and he was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 carry against Atlanta in Week 1.
The unveiling of the Saints’ inactives revealed that guard Jahri Evans will be available to play. He missed practice all week with a hamstring injury, and it was thought that his string of 122 consecutive starts for the Saints (including the postseason) would be in jeopardy. It is unclear whether he will be limited because of his hamstring.
The Saints numbers on the defensive line are also somewhat replenished. Defensive ends Tyrunn Walker and Glenn Foster are active and join defensive end Cameron Jordan, defensive end Akiem Hicks and nose tackle John Jenkins on the defensive line.
Jordan, Hicks and Jenkins were the only players listed as defensive linemen who were healthy at the end of the Tampa Bay game.
Foster, an undrafted rookie, led the Saints with four sacks in the preseason but hurt his ankle in the final exhibition. Walker (knee) and Bunkley were hurt in Week 1, and Johnson left the Tampa Bay game early.