Mark Ingram Suspended 4 Games for PED Policy Violation

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2018

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) crosses the goal line for a touchdown in front of Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen (37) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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The NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Ingram is coming off the best season of his career, setting new highs in rushing yards (1,124), receiving yards (416) and total touchdowns (12).

He earned his second Pro Bowl selection, topping 1,000 yards for the second consecutive year after failing to reach this mark in his first five seasons.

While Ingram was overshadowed at times by Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara, who led the team with 1,554 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns, the veteran was an integral part of the No. 2 offense in the NFL last season.

However, the latest news creates bigger question marks about the future of the 28-year-old, who has one year remaining on his contract. According to Spotrac, Ingram has a $6.425 cap hit for 2018.

Rapoport provided additional details on the running back's status with the team:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Saints RB Mark Ingram hasn’t been around the facility during conditioning and he won’t be around for OTAs, source says. This is also why New Orleans hasn’t shopped him. The looming suspension, which has been hanging over him for several weeks.

The Saints selected running back Boston Scott out of Louisiana Tech in the sixth round in the draft and also have Trey Edmunds and Jonathan Williams on the roster to potentially fill in while Ingram is unavailable.

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.


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