With Mark Ingram missing a second straight practice Thursday, it appears more likely that he'll be scratched from the lineup just a week after the best performance of his young career.
Fortunately for New Orleans, last season's leading rusher, Chris Ivory, appears ready to join New Saints' ninth-ranked ground game after his long rehabilitation from a broken left foot.
''It's going to feel real good if I get the opportunity to get the first game under my belt,'' Ivory said Thursday, after only his second practice of the season. ''It's been a long time coming as far as me being in rehab and trying to get back into it - you know, practice - and adjust to the speed and adjust to just taking contact.''
Ingram rushed for a season-high and team-high 91 yards against Indianapolis on Sunday, when the Saints rushed for 236 yards as a team.
However, Ingram left the game in the fourth quarter because of what coach Sean Payton has described as a bruised right heel. Ingram was using crutches ...