Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Mark Ingram: Suspended four games

Mark Ingram: Suspended four games

The league has not released details about whether Ingram has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug or simply a banned masking agent. Last season was his best in the National Football League, having pounded out 1,124 yards with 12 touchdowns.

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.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that Ingram has not been around the team's facility and will not be there for OTA's. He had 1,540 total yards from scrimmage.

Ingram, who set career highs by rushing for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, will not be eligible to rejoin the team's active roster until October 1.

The 5-foot-9, 215 pound Ingram has rushed for 5,362 career yards and 44 touchdowns.

The suspension comes just four months after Ingram completed the most successful year of his career. If Ingram's suspension remains intact, the seven-year veteran would miss home outings with the Buccaneers and Browns and road games with the Falcons and Giants. It will also hurt his statistics, which could in turn cost him leverage in negotiations next year, assuming the Saints let him hit free agency.

Ingram hasn't been present during voluntary offseason workouts but will be permitted to participate in all of the Saints' offseason work and training camp as well as the preseason.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Ingram is heading into his eighth season - all with the Saints - after being taken with the 28th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Alabama. 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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