Mark Ingram suspended first four games of 2018 season for PEDs


On Tuesday, the league handed down a 4-game suspension to Saints RB Mark Ingram for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to multiple reports.

Ingram finished his 2017 season with 230 carries for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The Saints found an appeal complement for Ingram a year ago in breakout star Alvin Kamara, who proved to be a versatile creator out of the backfield. The Saints may also elect to dip into the available free agents to add depth behind Kamara if they aren't comfortable with the current grouping.

Ingram will serve his suspension the first four games of the 2018 regular season. The veteran running back has been absent from Saints voluntary team workouts so far this spring.

Ingram will miss games home games against Tampa Bay and Cleveland, and road games against the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants. That's the standard suspension for a first-time PED offense.

Kamara rushed for 728 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry, and also amassed 81 receptions for five more scores in his rookie campaign.

It was a huge year for the 28-year-old running back, who seems to be getting better with age. During his career with the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, he won the Heisman Trophy and helped lead Alabama to a national championship in 2009.