Rookie RB Mark Ingram has been ruled out for the Saints' road game in St. Louis. Head coach Sean Payton ruled him out on Friday with a heel injury after he couldn't practice this week.
Conveniently ascending from the Physically Unable to Perform list, last year's team rushing leader Chris Ivory has been activated and is on the active roster for Sunday. He'll see rotation time with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles today.
Ivory had 137 rushing attempts in 2010, collecting 716 yards and five touchdowns despite not playing until week three. A late injury kept him out of two December games and the Saints' playoff loss in Seattle, and he hasn't played in 2011 including preseason.
Ingram has 85 carries for 329 yards and three touchdowns through seven games, but limped off the field Sunday night vs Indianapolis.
To make room for Ivory on the active roster, the Saints essentially cut QB Sean Canfield, who spent last Sunday on the 53-man roster after being promoted from the practice squad. The Saints actually re-signed and then cut TE Tory Humphrey during the span of this week as well. It was Humphrey who was technically cut for Ivory.
The Rams meanwhile will start QB AJ Feeley in place of Sam Bradford for the second game. The injury-ravaged, winless Rams have scored only 56 points this season, less than the Saints' 62 points last week.
The Saints deactivated Ingram along with rookie CB Johnny Patrick, LB Will Herring (hamstring), RT Zach Strief (MCL), TE David Thomas (concussion), WR Adrian Arrington and DE Turk McBride (shoulder).