Saints RB Mark Ingram suspended four games by NFL

The veteran running back has been suspended the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league's PED policy, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Ingram posted career-highs in multiple statistics in the 2017 season, as shown on his Pro Football Reference player page - he rushed for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns, and was named to his second Pro Bowl in seven NFL seasons.

Ingram will be eligible to return to game action October 8 against the Washington Redskins. Last season, the University of Tennessee product rolled for 81 catches, 1,554 total yards and 13 touchdowns, while collecting Associated Press Offensive Rookie Of The Year honors. Rapoport adds that Ingram will likely remain away from the team during conditioning and OTAs, but will return for mandatory workouts.

The New Orleans Saints' loss has become the Atlanta Falcons' gain. Alvin Kamara's clearly the victor here, but we'll see how much more of a rushing role the Saints hand him. As Fantasy Guru's Graham Barfield points out, Kamara out-snapped Ingram over the Saints' final eight games last season.

After signing a four-year deal with the Saints in 2015 that averages $4 million annually, Ingram is set to lose approximately $1 million because of the suspension.

Ingram is eligible to participate in all off-season and preseason practices and games.

Ingram was drafted by the Saints in the first round in 2011 and has established himself as the team's lead back over the past few years.

Ingram is coming off his two most productive campaigns, breaking the 1,000 rushing yard mark in both campaigns while playing in every game over that span.

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