New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport says that Ingram, with one year left on his contract, wants a new deal, but, given the suspension news, any talks of that nature are unlikely to progress right now.

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.

It is not yet known which PED substance triggered the positive test from Ingram. 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.

Along with Ingram, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget, Raiders offensive lineman Vader Alexander and free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez are also facing four-game suspensions to open the 2018 season. The Saints also have a more experienced backup, Jonathan Williams, on the roster.

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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.

Ingram is coming off the best season of his career where he totaled 1,124 yards, rushed for 12 touchdowns and caught 58 passes, all of which were career highs. His finest campaign came previous year, when Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara became the first backfield tandem to each eclipse the 1,500-yard mark with scrimmage yards.

Ingram won a Heisman Trophy at Alabama in 2009 after helping the Crimson Tide to a national championship.

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