Ingram (suspension) has seen an uptick in preseason snaps compared to previous seasons to prepare him for his four-game ban from the team, according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com.
It'll be unfamiliar territory for Ingram, who said he has never missed time with his team since he started playing sports. Ingram sat out the first two preseason games in 2017, but to prepare him for his time off, the Saints gave Ingram 14 carries on 23 offensive snaps through the first two exhibition contests this year. The Saints want to get Ingram ready physically and mentally before he returns in Week 5. However, Alvin Kamara shined while working in a tandem with Ingram last season and hasn't been a bellcow yet. Therefore, even though the Saints want to continue working Ingram hard, they'll need to focus on finding a suitable No. 2 for Kamara during Ingram's suspension. Jonathan Williams, Shane Vereen, Terrance West and rookie Boston Scott are battling for that spot.
As expected after not participating in OTAs, Ingram was back on the practice field for the start of minicamp despite having to serve a four-game suspension at the start of the regular season. Ingram is expected to cede the role of No. 1 running back to second-year star Alvin Kamara until he is reinstated by the league for Week 5.
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.
|3||9/23/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ BAL||4:05 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||11/29/18||@ DAL||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/18||@ CAR||8:15 pm|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||4||122||474||3.9||35||5||2||30|
|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|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|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|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|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|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New Orleans Saints||10||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||13||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|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|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||3||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|