Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (21) adjusts his face mask before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: RB Mark Ingram agrees to one-year deal with Texans

After being phased out and eventually released by the Baltimore Ravens, three-time Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram has caught on with the Houston Texans, ESPN reported Thursday.

The 31-year-old reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million.

Ingram made the Pro Bowl in 2019 when he appeared in 15 games and rushed 202 times for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns. But in 2020 he was scratched for four of the Ravens’ last five games, including two playoff games, and rushed just 72 times for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. Baltimore released Ingram in January.

The 28th pick overall by New Orleans in the 2011 NFL Draft, Ingram spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Saints before joined the Ravens for two years.

In 132 career games (87 starts), Ingram has rushed 1,595 times for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has 260 receptions for 1,895 yards and 10 scores.

–Field Level Media

Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (21) adjusts his face mask before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens to release RB Ingram

The Baltimore Ravens will release veteran running back Mark Ingram on Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN.

The move will save $5 million in salary-cap space for Baltimore, which was eliminated from the playoffs last weekend by the Buffalo Bills.

The 31-year-old Ingram was inactive for the game after slipping behind Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins on the depth chart. He rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 2020 — one year after rushing for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns and earning his third career Pro Bowl selection.

In 132 career games (87) starts with the Ravens and New Orleans Saints, Ingram has rushed for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has caught 260 passes for 1,895 yards and 10 touchdowns.

New Orleans selected Ingram in the first round (No. 28 overall) out of Alabama in 2011.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) hands off to running back Mark Ingram (21) against the Washington Football Team during the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens RB Ingram will be inactive vs. Bills

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram will be a healthy scratch against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, according to a report from ESPN.

Ingram, 31, “is fully healthy and is said to understand that this is a business decision for Baltimore,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted.

The veteran has slipped on the team’s depth chart at running back behind Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.

The Ravens could clear $5 million in salary-cap space if they release Ingram during the offseason. They would lose that option if Ingram were to get injured this weekend or in another playoff game before the end of the season.

The team’s decision to make Ingram inactive likely indicates that his time in Baltimore is coming to an end. He rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns this season — one year after rushing for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns and earning his third career Pro Bowl selection.

In 132 career games (87) starts with the Ravens and New Orleans Saints, Ingram has rushed for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has caught 260 passes for 1,895 yards and 10 touchdowns.

New Orleans selected Ingram in the first round (No. 28 overall) out of Alabama in 2011.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2020; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell (93) moves through defensive line coach Joe Cullen blocks during the morning session of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

DE Campbell among three Ravens removed from COVID-19 list

The Baltimore Ravens activated three more players from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday, including starting defensive end Calais Campbell and running back Mark Ingram II.

Also activated was backup defenseman lineman Jihad Ward.

The return of Campbell, who has four sacks, will be a big boost for the struggling Ravens. After a 5-1 start, Baltimore has lost four of its past five games and is out of playoff position ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Ravens had more than 20 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list — a list now whittled down to 10. The outbreak forced their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, to be delayed twice and it was finally played Wednesday. Their Week 13 game against the Cowboys also was moved from Thursday to Tuesday.

Team president Dick Cass addressed the team situation in a statement on Saturday.

“Our thoughts are with our infected players, staff and their families,” he said. “They are receiving treatment and are being monitored to provide them with the best possible care, and we are hoping for a full recovery for all.

“We want to thank our players. Their proactive efforts and resolve during this difficult situation were nothing short of extraordinary. We couldn’t be prouder of them.

“We also offer our profound appreciation to the NFL, the Steelers, the Cowboys, and the fans, for their support, understanding and flexibility during this time of unforeseen upheaval due to this coronavirus outbreak.”

Cass said the NFL informed the team that the Ravens had “at least four unique strains of COVID-19 in our facility. Three of the four were stopped and not spread within our organization. Unfortunately, the fourth was a highly contagious strain and spread throughout our organization.”

Yet to be activated for the Ravens is quarterback Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Pplayer. With backup Robert Griffin III landing on injured reserve on Friday with a hamstring injury, third-stringer Trace McSorley took first-team reps this week to prepare to start against the Cowboys in case Jackson can’t.

Campbell has been out since Nov. 8, when he sustained a calf injury in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, he also has 24 tackles and 10 quarterback hits in eight games.

Ingram has seen his role diminish this season with the emergence of rookie running back J.K. Dobbins. In eight game, Ingram has run for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

Dobbins, linebacker Pernell McPhee, and offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura were activated from the list Friday. It is unclear whether any of the activated players will suit up against Dallas.

Earlier this week, coach John Harbaugh said doctors would decide when players could return to the field.

“When the doctors clear them for practice, that’s when we’ll have them,” Harbaugh said.

–Field Level Media

All the NFL Suspensions for 2018 in One Place

Jameis Winston is the latest player to be suspended by the NFL after his incident with an Uber driver last winter. Jameis’ incident is not a typical case, most suspensions in the NFL are drug-related.
Whether player-enhancing or player-relaxing, most suspensions fall under those two categories. As of right now there are 12 players suspended for PEDs and two for marijuana-related charges.
Below is a list of all the players currently suspended, their charges and the length of their suspensions:
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This table will be consistently updated as new players are suspended
Added notes:
Vontaze Burfict: Claimed it was Adderall in his defense hearing. That would be substance abuse not a PED under NFL rules. The NFL denied his appeal.
Mark Ingram: Claims he tested positive for a substance that is allowed under the NFL rules. The NFL denied his appeal.
Josh Huff: Released by the Eagles after his arrest. He was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and marijuana under 50 grams when he was pulled over for speeding.
Roy Miller: He was waived from the Chiefs after being arrested on domestic battery charges. While the NFL declined to say that was the reason for his suspension, it’s not hard to connect the dots.
Jameis Winston: Last February, an Uber driver alleged that Winston grabbed her crotch. The investigation lasted seven months but it was reported he was receiving a three-game suspension on June 21st.

5 Players in the NFC South Who Play Esports

Cam Newton
Carolina’s Newton isn’t just a star on the field; he’s also put the challenge out there for his fans to see him in the virtual arena.
In the old video for Gatorade below he says “don’t try me with the sticks, ’cause these thumbs right here, you don’t want to see it, you don’t want no problems. Whether you’re 13, 12, 21 years old, I’m gonna find you on Xbox Live and destroy you. I have a PlayStation too, I have a GameCube, and I even have an Atari. If it has online gaming, I will find you.”

Newton isn’t messing around with the challenge. He also wasn’t messing around when he sold his likeness to Hugo Games so they could build a mobile game based off his signature dab. When the company decided not to pursue the game, Cam came calling for the remaining $800,000 they owed him. In 2018, the two parties agreed upon terms for a settlement according to Cam’s lawyer, as reported by the Jasmine Brand.
Mike Evans
Evans has the second largest contract of any NFL wide receiver at $16.5 million per year. The deal is for five years, $82.5 million with $55 million guaranteed. But what was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ superstar wideout doing when he received news of his latest contract?
Playing Fortnite of course.
“I was on the phone with my agent and he called me and it’s one of those games that you can’t pause. If you play with teammates, you can’t let them down. If somebody gets knocked down you got to revive them,” Evans told “I just muted the TV and I was on the phone with my agents and we were talking about the deal and it was great. I lost that game, but that was awesome news.”
Like most other 24-year-olds, Evans got caught up in the Fortnite craze. He hasn’t had as much time to practice his skills though. “I’ve played so many, and I win one in every 50 … that shit is hard.” If he’s playing solos, that’s actually pretty good. If he’s squadding up with Bucs teammates, they might need to work on their game. Still, they have better things to focus on.
Drew Brees
The New Orleans Saints star quarterback once won the Madden Bowl, but told the Hollywood Reporter that he has been playing football video games ever since Bo Jackson dominated Tecmo Bowl in the 90s.
Madden has come a long way since Brees did that interview in 2013. It was one of the first esports to be pushed into the mainstream by ESPN, but initiatives like the Madden Bowl and Madden Nation ultimately faltered. Now there is a new push for Madden as an esport through the Madden Club Championship.
He also helped distribute the educational game “Financial Football” throughout New Orleans schools. Aimed at increasing financial literacy in kids, the game uses a football field with each question advancing the ball towards the end zone.
“You’re just adding this competitive element to it where you’re having to answer these questions in order to move the ball down the field in order to score touchdowns, and it’s just a great way to learn,” Brees told the Hollywood Reporter.
Christian McCaffrey
Like his QB Newton, McCaffrey’s quickness on the field also extends to his thumbs. He’s been playing Call of Duty since he was a kid growing up in Colorado with his three bothers. Like many people, he first fell in love with the game during the Modern Warfare era, according to an interview he did with Uproxx.
While at Stanford, McCaffrey claims he reached the seventh prestige in Modern Warfare 2. For people unfamiliar with the series, that’s a lot of Call of Duty. Recently he was a beta tester in the latest World War II installment of the franchise.
Since joining the Carolina Panthers in 2017, he has used gaming to help connect with sick kids. Last Halloween, he went to the hospital to play Call of Duty while dressed as Captain America.

Mark Ingram
For Ingram, being on the cover of NCAA 12 wasn’t just an honor, it was a title he had to defend.
“How am I going to be on the cover and have somebody whoop me? It’s a matter of pride,” Ingram told ESPN’s Jon Robinson in 2011. “I wanted to win last year, but this year, I have to win. There’s no way I’m going to be on the cover of a game and lose.”
He backed up his words, beating every other college player in NCAA Football 12 at the EA Sports Draft Night Premiere Party. Ingram has come a long way from his days at Alabama to now being half of the most dynamic backfield in the NFL alongside Alvin Kamara.
He shares similar gaming habits with many other players, preferring football games and shooters like Call of Duty, which he plays with Saints teammate, star defensive end Cameron Jordan.

On The Ringer’s Achievement Oriented podcast, he compared gaming to being a football player. “All your fingers and your thoughts have to be moving together. Even on the [football] field you always have to be aware. If you hesitate for a second, you’ll probably get knocked out.”
This is the final NFC division piece of this eight-part series before the AFC series begins next week. If you are interested in reading the rest of the NFL’s interest in esports, here are the NFC West, NFC North and NFC South installments.

Week 8 Fantasy Disappointments

Week 8 of the NFL season held lots of disappointment for fantasy owners. No player is ever a lock to have a monster day, but that guy you drafted in the 2nd round (We’re looking at you, Mark Ingram) wasn’t supposed to put up a negative number. Here are 3 of the most disappointing fantasy performers from this week.
Julio Jones
Julio was the consensus pick by experts to be the top fantasy receiver heading into Week 8. With a juicy matchup against the Green Bay Packers’ depleted secondary, everyone expected another monster performance from the star wideout. His speed and explosiveness should have been unmatched against a bunch of second-string corners. Instead, Jones only had 3 catches for 29 yards, good for just 2.9 standard fantasy points.
The game turned out to be a shootout just like everyone expected, but most of the fantasy production went to number 2 Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu, who had 9 receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. Even Taylor Gabriel had a better fantasy day than Julio, posting 68 yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions. Jones should certainly rebound next week against the Buccaneers, who are still fighting for playoff contention.
Mark Ingram
Ingram had a less than stellar matchup against a stout Seattle Seahawks rushing defense, but he was still considered a low end number one fantasy back heading into the contest. Ingram had seen at least 15 touches in 4 straight weeks, and he had been fairly productive.
Instead of seeing his usual volume, Saints head coach Sean Payton benched Ingram in favor of backup running back Tim Hightower, who went on to record more than 100 yards on the ground. This would have been a little easier to swallow for his fantasy owners if he hadn’t only had 5 yards on 3 carries when he got benched. In a standard league that scores a -2 for a fumble, Ingram left his owners with an abysmal -1.5 score.
DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins was a sure-fire top 10 pick in fantasy drafts to start this season. After finishing last season with 1,521 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, Hopkins was due for another monster season. Instead, he’s on pace for a measly 860 yards and 6 touchdowns this year. While this isn’t terrible, it’s a far cry from what owners expect from a first round pick.
Everyone expected Hopkins to turn things around against a terrible Detroit Lions defense that was to be without top corner Darius Slay. Instead, Hopkins only recorded 44 yards on 4 catches, good for just 4.4 standard points. After this most recent abysmal performance, Hopkins can now safely be considered a bust. With quarterback Brock Osweiler under center, things only appear to be getting worse for the star receiver.