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As Ravens plan to part ways with Mark Ingram, he’ll be a healthy scratch tonight

Mike Florio and Chris Simms break down Saturday's AFC divisional showdown, where Lamar Jackson will look to cool off Josh Allen and the white-hot Bills.

Mark Ingram’s time with the Ravens is, as a practical matter, over.

Yes, he’s still on the team. Yes, he’d possibly play again this year if a rash of injuries forced him into the lineup.

But if there was any doubt about his future, there should be none now. Adam Schefter of reports that Ingram will be a healthy scratch for tonight’s playoff game against the Bills.

“Ingram is fully healthy and is said to understand that this is a business decision for Baltimore due to salary-cap considerations,” Schefter says.

The business decision is this: Ingram has a base salary of $5 million in 2021. Surely, he’ll be cut before that number hits the cap on March 17.

Under the 2020 CBA, if Ingram were to suffer a serious injury that would prevent him from playing for the Ravens or anyone else in 2021, he’d be entitled to $2 million. Also under the CBA, the first $1.2 million of that payment would count against the salary cap. (The other $800,000 would be treated as player benefit costs.)

Thus, the Ravens are trying to avoid an unnecessary cap charge in 2021 of $1.2 million by putting Ingram on the field again. With J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards getting it done at the tailback position, it’s a no-brainer for a team that is poised to part way with Ingram, anyway.

Then again, it’s only $1.2 million dollars. If the Ravens saw real value in playing Ingram as they pursue a championship, they would. Clearly, they don’t.

In 2020, Ingram had a career-low 72 carries and a career-low 299 rushing yards. With 7,324 rushing yards since entering the league in 2011, Ingram ranks 60th on the all-time rushing list, with more yardage than Hall of Famer Leroy Kelly, DeMarco Murray, Curt Warner, Robert Smith, Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson, and Arian Foster.