NFL suspends Saints running back Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, La. – A Saint ain’t going to be around for a while.

Tuesday, New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, a Pro Bowl selection last season, was officially suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Ingram will serve his suspension the first four games of the 2018 regular season.

Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The first game in which Ingram will be eligible to play is Monday October 8th at home vs. the Redskins. Last season, in a 34-31 victory vs. Washington, Ingram ran for 134 yards and one touchdown. He also caught three passes for 21 yards.

Last season, a breakout campaign for the Heisman Trophy winner, Ingram rushed for 1,124 yards and scored 12 touchdowns – both career highs.

UPDATE (Wednesday May 9th): David W. Jones, VIP Sports Management’s General Counsel, says Ingram “has vigorously challenged the test results” and the arbitrator’s opinion is due on or before May 16.