"He wasn't gone for a year and a half or been a castaway on an island," Payton said, via Luke Johnson of The Times-Picayune. "It was four weeks. He's in good shape."
The bigger question is to what role will Ingram return.
"We'll figure out the balance with the Redskins game and going forward each game," Payton said. "You're always looking at how you want to play the game.
"But, of course, a little bit more versatility with someone with Mark's experience. I know it'll be good for us offensively to have him back."
Last season, Ingram and Kamara combined to be the NFL's most lethal RB duo, leading the NFL in rushing yards (1,852), rushing TDs (20) scrimmage yards (3,094) and scrimmage TDs (25).
Ingram out-touched Kamara 18.0 to 12.6 in 2017. We'd expect a much tighter split, or for Kamara to flip the script in 2018.
The Saints' inability to aid Kamara in the ground game has been evident. Kamara owns a greater percentage of the Saints' rushing yards through four games than Ezekiel Elliott does for the Dallas Cowboys. It appeared Payton attempted to use backup quarterback Taysom Hill and the read-option game to provide some semblance of support to Kamara, especially in the red zone.
Ingram now enters the lineup to take some pressure off Kamara in the ground game.