Mark Ingram suspended four games

Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games for PED violation

As it stands now, Ingram will be starting his eighth season away from the team. The suspension will cover the first four weeks of the 2018 National Football League season barring a potential appeal from Ingram's camp. The suspension means that Ingram won't be available for the Saints' home games against the Tampa Bay Bucs and Cleveland Browns in Weeks 1 & 2, or road games against the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants in Weeks 3 & 4.

For his part, Ingram also enjoyed a stellar 2017 campaign, notching career highs in carries (230), rushing yards (1,124), rushing touchdowns (12), receptions (58) and receiving yards (416).

The emergence of Alvin Kamara makes Ingram less important to the Saints' offense. That's when he'll find out if he's worth more money than the Saints are paying him. The 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year would rack up 728 yards and eight scores while pacing the league with 6.1 yards per carry. What Ingram's suspension does is give Kamara a chance to put a stranglehold on lead duties, perhaps erasing the 1A/1B workload delineation that existed previous year. The depth chart screams uncertainty even with Scott on the roster with running backs Trey Edmunds, Daniel Lasco and Jonathan Williams in the mix. It will also hurt his statistics, which could in turn cost him leverage in negotiations next year, assuming the Saints let him hit free agency.


"I've been a Saint for seven years and one year left on the deal", Ingram said during our Pro Bowl interview. I love the Saints.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was first to break the story.

I'm still stunned to write "Mark Ingram" and "suspension" in the same sentence.

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