Ingram (suspension) will not participate in OTAs, but he is expected to join the club for mandatory minicamp in June, ESPN reports.
The NFL tagged Ingram with a four-game suspension for the use of a banned substance, and the league has already heard and denied his appeal. Coming off career-high marks across the board for rushing yards (1,124), rushing touchdowns (12), receptions (58) and receiving yards (416), the veteran tailback will cede the early-season lead role to Alvin Kamara. Coach Sean Payton indicated that the Saints don't have any immediate plans to add a veteran back, suggesting Trey Edmunds, rookie Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco (neck) -- who have combined for just 47 regular-season carries -- would be candidates for some carries in the early going. The league should reinstate Ingram for Week 5 against the Redskins.
Ingram's appeal of his four-game PED suspension has already been heard and denied, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Ingram's management released a statement claiming his positive drug test was caused by a substance that's permissible with a proper exemption from the league, but Katzenstein reports that the running back didn't actually have the necessary exemption. Alvin Kamara will serve as the lead back while Ingram sits out the first four weeks of the season, with Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco (neck) all in the mix to compete for a complementary role. 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 NFL carries. Ingram will turn 29 in December and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Accounting for the suspension, a Week 6 bye and Kamara's presence, Ingram can't be counted on for much in the first half of the upcoming season.
Ingram is appealing his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's PED policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Ingram's management released a statement proclaiming his positive drug test was caused by a substance that's permissible with a proper exemption from the league. Another update should be available soon, as an arbitrator's opinion is due on or before May 16. Should Ingram's appeal ultimately fail, Alvin Kamara would take on some extra snaps and touches in September, with the likes of Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco (neck) also in the mix for some snaps. The 2018 campaign is a contract season for the 28-year-old Ingram.
Ingram has been suspended four games for violating the league's PED policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Coming off the best season of his career with 1,124 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 58 grabs for 416 yards, Ingram won't return to the field until Week 5 against the Redskins. In the meantime, Alvin Kamara -- a star in his own right last season -- should take on a heavier workload, with some combination of Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott, Daniel Lasco (neck) and Jonathan Williams also factoring in.
Ingram carried 10 times for 25 yards while catching his only target for three yards during Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to Minnesota.
Ingram didn't find any daylight against a Vikings defense that allowed just 3.7 yards per carry during the regular season. His production certainly was aided by the fact the Saints fell behind 17-0 by halftime and likely weren't able to keep the ball on the ground as often as they might've liked. Altogether it was another unproductive performance for a running back who was among the most reliable fantasy assets for the majority of the 2017 season, and he's now been limited to 38.0 total yards per game without a touchdown in his final three outings to close the campaign (including the postseason). While this might leave a bad taste in the mouth's of fantasy owners, the Saints are set to return nearly all key cogs of its offense in 2018 and Ingram should again be primed to helm one of the league's most potent rushing attacks.
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|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||5||156||602||3.9||31||5||4||28|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||3||78||386||4.9||34||1||3||18|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||9||226||964||4.3||31||9||5||47|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||10||166||769||4.6||70||6||5||44|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||14||205||1043||5.1||75||6||4||49|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||12||230||1124||4.9||72||12||11||50|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||4||11||46||4.2||9||0||0||0||3|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||5||6||29||4.8||16||0||0||0||2|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||3||7||68||9.7||23||0||1||0||2|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||9||29||145||5.0||14||0||0||0||5|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||10||50||405||8.1||59||0||3||1||22|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||14||46||319||6.9||22||4||4||0||18|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||12||58||416||7.2||54||0||3||1||19|
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|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||New Orleans Saints||12||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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