Mark Ingram suspended first four games of 2018 season for PEDs

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METAIRIE, La. - Fresh off the best season of his National Football League career - and heading into the final year of his contract - New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended four games for violating the National Football League policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Despite the suspension, Ingram will still be allowed to participate in everything the Saints do this offseason, which means he'll be at training camp and he'll be allowed to play in each of the team's four preseason games.

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. As Fantasy Guru's Graham Barfield points out, Kamara out-snapped Ingram over the Saints' final eight games last season.

Even if the suspension gets reduced to three games, by appeal, Ingram would still miss the Week 3 road clash with the Falcons. The 2017 NFL Rookie of the Year, he carried the ball 120 times for 728 yards and 8 touchdowns. The suspension has also forced the Saints, who have a desire to feature Kamara more and more prominently in the offense, to scale back any trade intentions for Ingram. Kamara will be well worth a first-round pick in this summer's fantasy drafts. May. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft and has remained with the team ever since.

The New Orleans Saints are going to be without their 2017 leading rusher to begin the 2018 season.

He has 5,362 rushing yards, 1,428 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns during his seven-year career.

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