New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games

It looks like the New Orleans Saints are going to have to start their 2018 season without their leading rusher from 2017 on the field.

On Tuesday, the NFL announced Saints tailback Mark Ingram has been suspended for four games, the result of violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

The New Orleans Saints are coming off an impressive season that saw them reach the divisional round of the playoffs led by their dynamic running game of their Pro Bowl running backs in Mark Ingram and Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara. He'll be eligible to return to the Saints active roster on October 1st and he can participate in all off-season activities.

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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. Ingram and Kamara made league history in 2017 by becoming the first backfield teammates to each surpass 1,500 yards from scrimmage.

Ingram, a 2011 first-round pick, has been one of the Saints' key playmakers during his seven-year career. Alvin Kamara's clearly the victor here, but we'll see how much more of a rushing role the Saints hand him.

Despite the New Orleans Saints' apparent focus on Kamara as their featured running back for the 2018 National Football League season, both the National Football League news release and the Sun Herald quoted Rapoport, who said that Ingram is still expected to provide a "nice 1-2 punch" for the Saints' rushing attack alongside Kamara. However, over the past four years (2014-17), Ingram has more than doubled his rushing production by averaging exactly 975 yards per season.

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