Mark Ingram suspended first four games of 2018 season for PEDs

Hope Soto
May 9, 2018

The league has not released details about whether Ingram has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug or simply a banned masking agent.

The Saints' Mark Ingram is heading into a contract year, and Tuesday brought news that it will start off in one of the worst ways possible: on a four-game suspension. He led the team with 230 carries for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while adding 58 catches for 416 yards. The Week 2 trip to New Orleans comes when the host Saints will be without starting running back Mark Ingram.

Ian Rapoport of and the NFL Network reported the suspension on Twitter and announced it on the league's website. Ingram will be eligible to play October 8 when the Saints play host to the Washington Redskins on "Monday Night Football". He averaged 4.9 yards per carry, was selected to his second Pro Bowl and combined with Kamara to become the first pair of National Football League running backs on the same team to each surpass 1,500 scrimmage yards in the same season.

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New Orleans does have a capable replacement in the electrifying Alvin Kamara, who was named the NFL Rookie of the Year last season.

Rapoport noted that Ingram wasn't expected to attend OTAs and wouldn't be showing up until minicamp.

Even if the suspension gets reduced to three games, by appeal, Ingram would still miss the Week 3 road clash with the Falcons. "This is also why New Orleans hasn't shopped him". The 2017 season was his most productive. He also can participate in all offseason and preseason practices as well as preseason games.

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