Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games for PED violation

Kristopher Nichols
May 9, 2018

Ingram, who set career highs by rushing for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, will not be eligible to rejoin the team's active roster until October 1.

Ingram will be eligible to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games. The suspension could prove even more costly if he was angling for a lucrative contract extension before the season kicked off. After being selected by the Saints with the 28th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Ingram didn't do much during his first three years with the team, averaging just 487.3 yards per season.

Ingram had a career year in 2017, posting career-highs in rushing yards (1,124), rushing touchdowns (12), catches (58) and receiving yards (416) while earning a spot in the Pro Bowl.

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Of course, Kamara will likely be the featured player in the backfield at the start of the season trying to build off his outstanding rookie year. However, it was expected to remain a 1A/1B situation after that worked out so well a year ago for the NFC South champions. 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. So that competition will be worth monitoring this summer.

The New Orleans Saints are expecting another productive year from running backs Mark Ingram (#22) and Alvin Kamara (#41).

Ingram is coming off his two most productive campaigns, breaking the 1,000 rushing yard mark in both campaigns while playing in every game over that span.

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