Saints' Mark Ingram To Battle Suspension

Marcus Newton
May 10, 2018

Ingram's agents suggested in their statement that they may explore further options once they review the arbitrator's full opinion, which is due by May 16. "Upon having the opportunity to review the arbitrator's opinion, we will explore what further options are needed".

Ingram's lawyer, David W. Jones, said Ingram tested positive at the end of the 2017 season "for a substance that was not a performance enhancing substance, but a substance in fact permissible with the proper use exemption with the National Football League". Looking at the Saints' last four games of 2017, Ingram's numbers were in decline. The league have not specified which substance Ingram tested positive for. Alvin Kamara will serve as the lead back while Ingram sits out the first four weeks of the season, with Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco (neck) all in the mix to compete for a complementary role.

The NFL announced Tuesday (May 8) that Ingram would be suspended for the first four games for the 2018 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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Ingram posted a career-best 1,540 yards from scrimmage last season, also scoring a personal-high 12 touchdowns.

With Ingram missing, the Saints will use back up running back Trey Edmunds, who had an impressive 41 yard touchdown run in Buffalo a year ago, newly acquired Jonathan Williams and possibly 2018 sixth-round draft pick Boston Scott from LA Tech. He needs 735 rushing yards and six TDs to become the franchise's all-time leader.

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