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Saints' Mark Ingram Suspended Four Games By NFL For PED Violation
May 25 2018, 03:13 | Van Peters
Suspended RB Mark Ingram Wants A New Contract From The Saints
Running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for a performance enhancing drug violation, according to multiple reports. He topped 1,000 total yards in each of the past four seasons and set career-highs in 2017 with 1,124 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on 230 carries. His finest campaign came a year ago, when Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara became the first backfield tandem to each eclipse the 1,500-yard mark with scrimmage yards. The Saints may also elect to dip into the available free agents to add depth behind Kamara if they aren't comfortable with the current grouping. A four game suspension is standard for a first time PED offense.
Ingram is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. In his seventh season in the league, those numbers were some of the best of his NFL career.
This is not what the New Orleans Saints wanted to hear before the 2018 season. The Saints went 2-2 in those four games. 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.
Kamara rushed for 728 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry, and also amassed 81 receptions for five more scores in his rookie campaign.