Mark Ingram suspended for violating National Football League substance abuse policy

Mark Ingram suspended for violating National Football League substance abuse policy

Mark Ingram suspended for violating National Football League substance abuse policy

He did this alongside Alvin Kamara, who impressed as a rookie with 728 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, leading the league with 6.1 yards per rush.

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 will be eligible to return to the Saints' active roster October 1, one day after the team's Week 4 game against the New York Giants. The Saints play the Redskins in Week 5, then have their bye, meaning that Ingram is set to be idle for five of the season's first six weeks.

The Saints will be down a running back to open the season. Rapoport adds that Ingram will likely remain away from the team during conditioning and OTAs, but will return for mandatory workouts.

It's unclear who will be next in line in the Saints backfield after Kamara.

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The Cleveland Browns have caught a bit of a break for their first road game of 2018. He had 1,540 total yards from scrimmage.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the four-game suspension will cost Ingram $941,176.

The good news for the Saints is that if there's one team in the National Football League that can afford to lose their leading rusher for four games, it might be New Orleans.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Ingram has started 58 of 94 games since the Saints drafted him in the first round in 2011. However, over the past four years (2014-17), Ingram has more than doubled his rushing production by averaging exactly 975 yards per season.

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