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Saints' Mark Ingram says he's fine; Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas miss practice again

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram said he’ll be ready to go Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and the shoulder injury that has limited him in practice this week is nothing serious.

Ingram injured his shoulder during the Saints’ Week 9 victory over the Carolina Panthers, but he played through it, carrying the ball 30 times for 100 yards.

The Saints should continue to lean heavily on Ingram since their other top two running backs, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas, remain questionable for Sunday’s game. Robinson (arm) and Thomas (shoulder/rib) were held out of team drills again Thursday.

Offensive tackle Zach Strief (chest) and linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) were also held out of team drills again Thursday, leaving their status in serious doubt, as well. Meanwhile, receiver Robert Meachem was added to the injury report, missing practice with an ankle injury.

Center Jonathan Goodwin (knee) and receiver Kenny Stills (thigh) were also limited for the second straight day Thursday -- though Goodwin’s status is more questionable since he’s on the mend from a sprained MCL.

Tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) practiced fully for the second straight day. Though he may still be dealing with some pain, Graham’s involvement in the offense shouldn’t be limited at all at this point since he’s been increasing his workload each week since suffering the injury last month.