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Mark Ingram close to being traded back to Saints, report says

The Texans running back could be reunited with his former team just in time to face the Bucs on Sunday.
Texans running back Mark Ingram is tackled by Colts linebacker Bobby Okereke during the first half Oct. 17 in Indianapolis.
Texans running back Mark Ingram is tackled by Colts linebacker Bobby Okereke during the first half Oct. 17 in Indianapolis. [ MICHAEL CONROY | AP ]
Published Oct. 28

NEW ORLEANS — The Texans and Saints were working toward a trade Wednesday night that would send running back Mark Ingram to New Orleans, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career, two people person familiar with the situation said.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because not all aspect of the trade had been completed.

But one of the people said talks were “trending” toward an agreement in principle regarding Ingram’s move back to New Orleans. The Saints host the Bucs on Sunday.

Ingram has played in seven games for Houston this season, rushing 92 times for 294 yards and a touchdown. He also has seven catches for 24 yards.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama was drafted 28th overall by New Orleans in 2011. He spent the previous two seasons with Baltimore, where he had his last 1,000-yard season as a rusher in 2019.

Ingram, 31, twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season in New Orleans. He rushed for a career-best 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017, the first of two seasons he worked in tandem with Alvin Kamara in the Saints’ backfield.

Ingram’s production dropped sharply in 2018, his last season under contract with New Orleans, and he left for Baltimore in free agency after that.

Ingram appeared on social media to be pleased by word of the trade talks.

When Kamara posted a message about his former teammate rejoining him in the Saints’ backfield, Ingram responded with an emoji of a smiling face shedding a tear and a fleur-de-lis, a symbol associated with French royalty that appears on Saints helmets and uniforms, as well as the official city flag of New Orleans.

Associated Press writer Kristie Rieken in Houston contributed to this report.

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By BRETT MARTEL

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