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Head coach Sean Payton said he expects rookie running back Mark Ingram to play against the Oakland Raiders this weekend even though he has been missing practice since Saturday's game with some knee issues.

Payton said Ingram would likely practice Thursday and play Sunday in the nationally-televised tilt.

'Our expectations are that he'll be a go,' said Payton.

Ingram was far from the only player sitting out practice, Payton said the following players missed work Wednesday: Ezra Butler, Tom Johnson, Johnny Patrick, Jeff Charleston, Fabian Washington, Will Herring, Chris Taylor, Aubrayo Franklin, Clint Ingram, Roger Allen, Jarred Fayson, Carl Nicks, Mark Ingram, Junior Galette, and Mitch King.

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