Mark Ingram Suspended For Violating The PED Policy

He's been suspended for violating the NFL's performance policy on enhancing drugs.

Ingram and his representatives at VIP Sports Management have not commented on the test results or whether Ingram will appeal.

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. That said, NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reports that Ingram has not been around the facility during conditioning and he won't be around for OTAs.

He will be eligible to return in Week 5, missing two home games and two road games. With Ingram out for four weeks, that means that brunt of the rushing load will likely fall on Alvin Kamara, who was named the NFL's 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year last season.


It's unclear who will be next in line in the Saints backfield after Kamara.

After signing a four-year deal with the Saints in 2015 that averages $4 million annually, Ingram is set to lose approximately $1 million because of the suspension.

The good news for the Saints is that if there's one team in the National Football League that can afford to lose their leading rusher for four games, it might be New Orleans.

"Ingram is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games". If the Saints decide to add a running back in free agency, some notable veterans are still available as of Tuesday, including DeMarco Murray, Eddie Lacy, Shane Vereen and Alfred Morris.


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