New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram was ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Carolina Panthers because of a toe injury.
Ingram was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, but he sat out Thursday and again Friday. The first-round draft pick has missed the last three games and will end the regular season with 474 yards and five touchdowns on 122 carries.
"I think the only thing you really can do is hit the rehab hard, pay attention to how they're feeling and just recognize it's really no different than if we were in Week 7 getting ready to head to Week 8," Payton said, according to the team's official website. "Obviously the importance of the playoff game is significant, and yet the player has to be healthy, so there aren't any decisions, really. It's just staying on top of the rehab and communication."