Saints running back Mark Ingram is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy, according to multiple reports. That's bad news all around, but especially given Ingram's current situation.
Ingram's representation issued the following press release on Wednesday, confirming their intentions to argue the validity of the test results. He has vigorously challenged the test results through the arbitration process.
If the suspension stands, the 28-year-old Ingram will miss games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants. Another update should be available soon, as an arbitrator's opinion is due on or before May 16. "Upon having the opportunity to review the arbitrator's opinion, we will explore what future options are needed".
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Without trying to play the role of pharmacist here, it sure does sound like this could be something that would classify as a PED, but also something that is prescribed by a doctor and, therefore, if the National Football League is alerted ahead of time and the player is given the exemption to use it, perfectly legal under National Football League standards.
The second-leading rusher in Saints' history, Ingram has rushed for 5,362 yards and 44 touchdowns.
With Ingram missing, the Saints will use back up running back Trey Edmunds, who had an impressive 41 yard touchdown run in Buffalo past year, newly acquired Jonathan Williams and possibly 2018 sixth-round draft pick Boston Scott from LA Tech. Rapoport adds that Ingram will likely remain away from the team during conditioning and OTAs, but will return for mandatory workouts.