Ingram had surgery for a displaced fracture in his hand. Initial reports said he would miss up to a month with the injury, but Payton suggested he could return sooner.
“The procedure went well. It’s just a matter of the swelling, the wound and the bone healing,” said Payton, explaining that Ingram couldn’t just play with a cast because the fracture was displaced. He said Ingram had two screws placed right above his thumb.
In two games this season, Ingram had 24 carries for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas will fill in for Ingram in the backfield.
New Orleans is 0-2 despite having the second-highest scoring offense in the league. The Saints host the Vikings in their home opener on Sunday.
- Paul Palladino