Some rather shocking news broke on Tuesday, as New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram was suspended four games by the league for PEDs.
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.
The NFL suspended Ingram four games for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Ingram will be eligible to return to game action October 8 against the Washington Redskins. The veteran running back has been absent from Saints voluntary team workouts so far this spring. His pairing alongside Kamara had made for an explosive running game that the Saints hadn't had before that gave balance and less pressure on quarterback Drew Brees to carry the offense with his arm.
Even if the suspension gets reduced to three games, by appeal, Ingram would still miss the Week 3 road clash with the Falcons. 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, a former Heisman Trophy victor at Alabama and a first-round draft choice in 2011, got off to a slow start in the National Football League because of nagging injuries, inconsistent production and an overcrowded backfield.
Ingram is coming off his two most productive campaigns, breaking the 1,000 rushing yard mark in both campaigns while playing in every game over that span. He will still be eligible for all of the Saints offseason programs, training camp, and preseason games.