Running back Mark Ingram is coming off the best season of his seven-year National Football League career.
In 16 games last season, Ingram had a career year, rushing for 1,124 yards on 230 carries with 12 touchdowns and added 416 yards on 58 receptions. The four-game suspension is for first-time offenders in the league.
Reports say, Ingram hasn't been around the Saints training facility in Metairie and the suspension expected for the best few weeks. Ingram will be eligible to play October 8 when the Saints play host to the Washington Redskins on "Monday Night Football".
It's unclear who will be next in line in the Saints backfield after Kamara. "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". Ingram is headed into a contract season, and the Saints will probably be preparing to move on.
Even if the suspension gets reduced to three games, by appeal, Ingram would still miss the Week 3 road clash with the Falcons.
Ingram made the Pro Bowl after the 2017 season. He also can participate in all offseason and preseason practices as well as preseason games.
Ingram, a 2011 first-round pick, has been one of the Saints' key playmakers during his seven-year career.
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.