Saints running back Ingram suspended for PED use

Sherman Parsons
May 10, 2018

Ingram's lawyer, David W. Jones, said Ingram tested positive at the end of the 2017 season "for a substance that was not a performance enhancing substance, but a substance in fact permissible with the proper use exemption with the National Football League".

"He has vigorously challenged the test results through the arbitration process".

An arbitrator's decision is due no later than May 16.

Neither side has specified what substance Ingram tested positive for. "For athletes who require the use of a prohibited substance to treat an appropriately diagnosed medical problem, a therapeutic use exemption may be requested". For example, Le'Veon Bell was suspended for four games to begin the 2016 season for substance abuse, but saw it dropped to three contests.

The NFL announced Tuesday (May 8) that Ingram would be suspended for the first four games for the 2018 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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However it plays out, the Saints will need help at the position if Ingram isn't available for the first four weeks.

Compared to his season stats of 4.9 yards per carry, 72 rushing yards per game and 12 total touchdowns, the Saints' became less and less reliant on Ingram to be the workhorse. It won't come as any surprise if New Orleans adds a veteran running back before training camp, considering the aforementioned players (besides Kamara) have accounted for only 47 regular-season National Football League carries.

New Orleans opens the season at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before taking on the Cleveland Browns at home.

Ingram's numbers slightly falling off, averaging 2.8 yards per carry, 31.5 yards rushing per game and only 1 touchdown.

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