Ravens’ Mark Ingram scratched from game vs. Bills for monetary reasons
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram won’t be suiting up against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC divisional round after being tagged as a healthy scratch prior to the game, via ESPN‘s Adam Schefter. The decision was reportedly business-related which concerns salary-cap considerations for the Ravens, despite him being in the pink of health.
Ravens’ RB Mark Ingram will be a healthy scratch tonight, per source. Ingram is fully healthy and is said to understand that this is a business decision for Baltimore due to salary-cap considerations. He’s supportive of his team and ready to contribute when his number is called.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 16, 2021
Ingram started the season as one of the leading running backs in the Ravens’ offensive rotation. However, he failed to impress on the field and was stopped in his tracks after contracting the COVID-19 virus back in mid-November.
The former Alabama standout last saw action on Jan. 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals where he generated 39 yards on nine carries. He eventually fell out of the rotation in the latter parts of the regular season primarily due to the stellar performance of rookie ball-carrier J.K. Dobbins. Ingram accumulated a total of 299 rushing yards on 72 carries and two touchdowns in 11 appearances for the Ravens this season.
With the three-time Pro Bowler now out of the lineup on Saturday, the Ravens will be relying on Dobbins and Gus Edwards to banner their ground game. In fact, both players already played crucial roles in their most recent tilt against the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round.
Dobbins produced 43 rushing yards on nine touches along with a scoring drive on the endzone while Edwards added 38 yards on eight carries of his own. The Ravens’ rushing attack led by quarterback Lamar Jackson was a key component of their offense that lifted them to a 20-13 victory against the Titans.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh still believes that the contributions of his active players on the field will be sufficient for them to take down the Bills and advance to the next round of the postseason.