Saints' Ingram suspended 4 games for National Football League substance violation

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He has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy.

Ingram and his representatives at VIP Sports Management have not commented on the test results or whether Ingram will appeal.

Ingram made his second Pro Bowl by running for a career-high 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. Ingram is headed into a contract season, and the Saints will probably be preparing to move on. He will be eligible to return to the Saints' active roster on Monday, Oct. 1.

While Ingram was overshadowed at times by Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara, who led the team with 1,554 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns, the veteran was an integral part of the No. 2 offense in the National Football League last season. Rapoport noted on Twitter that the looming punishment was the reason New Orleans "hasn't shopped" Ingram to other teams for a potential trade.

Ingram, 28, will miss games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants.

"They're going to go in the direction of Alvin Kamara anyway, clearly going to be their featured guy on offense", Rapoport said of the Saints.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the four-game suspension will cost Ingram $941,176. It will also hurt his statistics, which could in turn cost him leverage in negotiations next year, assuming the Saints let him hit free agency. He is eligible to participate in all off-season activities.

The former Heisman Trophy victor was a first-round draft pick in 2011. A third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Kamara rushed for 728 yards and eight touchdowns on 120 attempts as a Saints rookie, averaging an impressive 6.1 yards per carry, and helping the Saints finish fifth in the NFL in average rushing with 129.4 yards per game. The 2017 season was his most productive.

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