Mark Ingram Suspended 4 Games for PED Policy Violation

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The Saints will be down a running back to open the season. The suspension means that Ingram won't be available for the Saints' home games against the Tampa Bay Bucs and Cleveland Browns in Weeks 1 & 2, or road games against the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants in Weeks 3 & 4.

Last season, a breakout campaign for the Heisman Trophy victor, Ingram rushed for 1,124 yards and scored 12 touchdowns - both career highs.

Following up on that, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Saints were already going to have Ingram taking on a lesser role in 2018, with Alvin Kamara taking over as the lead back. The veteran Saints tailback will be eligible to return October 1 leading up to the team's Week 5 matchup against Washington. But he also added 81 receptions for 826 yards and five more scores.

"The fact the Saints didn't go after a big running back like Ingram, they did take a running back, the guy from Louisiana Tech later in the National Football League draft, but he was a smaller guy, more of a kick returner guy, not the Mark Ingram bull running back", he said.

Ingram has played seven seasons for the Saints, amassing 5,362 yards and 44 touchdowns.

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"I feel like I'm only getting better", a joyous Ingram told me following a practice session at this year's Pro Bowl. But if the Saints want to roll with their electric runner in Kamara, it's hard to imagine that would be bad thing.

Look for rookie Boston Scott of Louisiana Tech to be given a shot for playing time.

Ingram is entering the final year of his contract and is seeking a new deal following his second straight one thousand year season to go along with 12 touchdowns. How much will this play into the Saints' decision to retain him?

I'm still stunned to write "Mark Ingram" and "suspension" in the same sentence.