National Football League suspends Saints running back Mark Ingram

Saints edge Patriots in NFL Media's top 10 offense rankings

Saints edge Patriots in NFL Media's top 10 offense rankings

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Overall, the four games Ingram will miss: against the Browns, the Buccaneers, the Giants and the Falcons, is a missed opportunity for the 2017 Pro Bowler to get his stats up.

Again, he's coming off the best season of his career.

Ingram ranks second in Saints' history to Deuce McAllister in career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

The emergence of Alvin Kamara makes Ingram less important to the Saints' offense. "But, obviously Mark Ingram is a nice one-two punch for Kamara and now they will not have him for the first four games of the 2018 season". What Ingram's suspension does is give Kamara a chance to put a stranglehold on lead duties, perhaps erasing the 1A/1B workload delineation that existed a year ago. It provides Kamara with a huge chance to show the Saints, and other potential teams that he can be the man in their backfield. The 2017 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year doesn't have fond feelings for his time in Knoxville as a result.

I'm anticipating the Saints adding a veteran tailback in the meantime. Overusing Kamara to such an extreme degree early in the season could prohibit the Saints from using him much late in the year when the stakes are at their highest. I love my teammates. So who knows what will happen.

But since then, Ingram has switched agents and the NFL Network reported Ingram hasn't been around the team facility for offseason workouts and won't be around for organized team activities later this month.

Coming off a super 2017 season, the New Orleans Saints have high expectations for the 2018 National Football League season, hoping to make a run at the Super Bowl.

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