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I probably should have left after their 1-15 season. If not then, one year of Jeff Fisher should’ve been enough to give me permission to leave Rams fandom behind for good. A football team is a hard thing to walk away from a person’s identity is wrapped up in fandom. You’re part of a group of people coming together to celebrate, or commiserate in this case, and you’ve been conditioned into over years.
So New Orleans traded Peterson to Arizona, which led to more snaps for Ingram and Kamara. Ingram collected a season-high 25 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit on Sunday. He also caught five passes for 36 yards. Going forward, Ingram will have an edge in the overall workload for Saints running backs, getting carries on first and second downs as well as in goal line situations.
However, all of those personal accolades may have got him paid, but with payment comes considerable expectations. Expectations not only for his level of play on the field, but also for his availability in terms of suiting up on game day, especially when most outlets tend to be in agreement that Stafford should be able to play through his reported mild high-ankle sprain and thigh strain this Sunday.
In a game where durability and availability are as much a skill as anything else, this isn’t going to be a problem for Stafford.
Along the way, Stafford has battled through various types of injuries, managing to start 101 straight games since the beginning of the 2011 season. This week as is the case with most weeks in an NFL season another challenge presents itself: a date with the Saints in New Orleans. The all-alluring bye week, a chance to rest and recover, sits just on the other side of Detroit’s Week 6 matchup with the Saints and some have even suggested giving Stafford this week off in order to get himself right for the second half of the season.