New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games

With Kamara and Ingram both playing at a high level in 2017 and staying relatively healthy, the Saints rarely needed to go to a third-string back last season.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, who played high school football at Grand Blanc and Flint Southwestern Academy, has been suspended four games by the NFL for the use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Ingram will be eligible to return to the active roster October 1 and can play October 8 vs. Washington. The four-game suspension is for first-time offenders in the league. Rapoport adds that Ingram will likely remain away from the team during conditioning and OTAs, but will return for mandatory workouts.

New Orleans opens its season with home games against the Buccaneers and Browns, then has a pair of road games against the Falcons and Giants. He had his first career 1,000-yard season in 2016 and followed that up with another one in 2017. Last season, the University of Tennessee product rolled for 81 catches, 1,554 total yards and 13 touchdowns, while collecting Associated Press Offensive Rookie Of The Year honors. The Saints also have a more experienced backup, Jonathan Williams, on the roster. He also had 58 receptions for 416 yards last season.

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Ingram, 28, was the Saints' first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2011 NFL draft out of Alabama, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 2009 and helped the Crimson Tide win the national championship. In his games against Tampa Bay, he ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and had 12 grabs for 168 yards and another touchdown.

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