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John Harbaugh says Mark Ingram has 'plenty of football left'

Ravens

After a brief -- but memorable -- tenure with the Ravens, running back Mark Ingram was released by Baltimore on Tuesday after two seasons with the team.

Although Ingram will be playing elsewhere next season, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh believes the 31-year-old running back will be a contributor wherever he ends up.

"He'll still play, I guarantee you," Harbaugh said Wednesday during his end-of-season press conference.

"Mark and I had this conversation, he's still got plenty of football left. He's going to contribute next year and beyond in the National Football League."

Ingram arrived in Baltimore in 2019 after spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Saints. In his first year with the team, the former Heisman Trophy winner started 15 games for the Ravens, rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring a career-best 15 touchdowns. Ingram's efforts were rewarded with the third Pro Bowl nod of his career.

This past season, though, Ingram saw his role diminish in favor of a pair of younger running backs: Gus Edwards and rookie J.K. Dobbins. The veteran played in just 11 games for Baltimore this season and ended the year as a healthy scratch.

Despite a reduced role, Ingram never complained. The three-time Pro Bowler served as a mentor for Baltimore's young rushers and remained universally loved within the Ravens' locker room. Once the running back was released, nearly a dozen of his former teammates each gifted him a signed jersey with a personal note.

 

Ingram's energy and passion were infectious. It's why although Ingram only played in 27 games total for Baltimore, he'll be remembered as a 'Raven for life' by many fans.

"Then the other stuff that you talk about: the enthusiasm, the energy, the camaraderie, the locker room stuff," Harbaugh said. "All that stuff is just so much fun. He just brought so much life every single day. The fans are right to feel that way about him and we feel the same way about him."