Saints restructure contract of running back Mark Ingram _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) scores a touchdown against Carolina Panthers cornerback Bene' Benwikere (25) in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.

Mark Ingram’s season is over.

The Saints placed the running back on injured reserve on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, according the NFL Network.

Ingram played 55 of 64 snaps during Sunday’s 41-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

If this is a new injury, it’s unclear how it occurred. Ingram was on the field for the last offensive play of the game. He was targeted on a screen pass with 24 seconds remaining. His final run resulted in a 9-yard touchdown.

Ingram was limited with a shoulder injury during practices on Nov. 25 and 26. He appeared on last week’s injury report and was listed as probable for Sunday’s game.

Ingram has served as the featured back for the offense this season, playing on every down, and currently leads the team with 166 carries for 769 yards with six rushing touchdowns.

He’s also developed into a viable option catching passes out of the backfield this season, and currently has 50 receptions for 405 yards.