In what appeared like it could have been a devastating injury to the Baltimore Ravens' dominating offense, an MRI on running back Mark Ingram revealed that he suffered a calf strain.
According to a tweet from NFL Insider Ian Rappaport, Ingram suffered a strain or possibly a small tear after he went to the ground on a non-contact injury early in the 4th quarter of the Ravens' 31-15 win over the Cleveland Browns.
With the Ravens having secured the #1 seed in the AFC with the win, Sunday's regular season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers is essentially an inconsequential game and the belief is that the Ravens will bench most of their starting players. With the #1 seed, Baltimore will skip the Wild Card round of the playoffs and will host the lowest seeded team from that round on either January 11th or 12th. That gives Ingram and most of the Ravens starters three weeks of rest to get ready for the playoffs.
An essential piece of the Ravens' dominant rushing offense, Ingram broke the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season on Sunday, making it the third time in his career he has done so. His 10 rushing TD's are good for 7th in the league.
The Ravens need just 127 yards rushing against the Steelers to become the first time in the 16-game era of the NFL to average over 200 yards rushing per game. If they are able to do so, they'll also set the single-season record for rushing yards and will become only the third team in NFL history with more than 3,000 yards of rushing yards.
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