Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram was inactive for Saturday’s divisional-round playoff game against the host Buffalo Bills.
Ingram, 31, “is fully healthy and is said to understand that this is a business decision for Baltimore,” ESPN reported earlier on Saturday.
The veteran has slipped on the team’s depth chart at running back behind Gus Edwards and rookie J.K. Dobbins.
The Ravens could clear $5 million in salary-cap space if they release Ingram during the offseason. They would lose that option if Ingram were to get injured this weekend or in another playoff game before the end of the season.
The team’s decision to make Ingram inactive likely indicates that his time in Baltimore is coming to an end. He rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns this season — one year after rushing for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns and earning his third career Pro Bowl selection.
In 132 career games (87) starts with the Ravens and New Orleans Saints, Ingram has rushed for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also has caught 260 passes for 1,895 yards and 10 touchdowns.
New Orleans selected Ingram in the first round (No. 28 overall) out of Alabama in 2011.
Also inactive for the Ravens were wide receiver James Proche II, linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, cornerback Pierre Desir, nose tackle Justin Ellis, defensive tackle Broderick Washington and punter Johnny Townsend.
As for the Bills, they listed the following as inactive: quarterback Jake Fromm, cornerback Dane Jackson, running back Antonio Williams, linebacker Tyrel Dodson, offensive lineman Jordan Devey, tight end Tyler Kroft and defensive end Darryl Johnson.