May 24, 2018

Saints Ingram suspended first 4 games of 2018 season

09 May 2018, 08:01 | Ken Black

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Ingram will be eligible to play October 8 when the Saints play host to the Washington Redskins on "Monday Night Football". The Saints play the Redskins in Week 5, then have their bye, meaning that Ingram is set to be idle for five of the season's first six weeks.

Ingram, 28, has spent his entire career in New Orleans since being selected by the Saints with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Last season, Ingram combined with NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara to provide an explosive one-two punch in the Saints backfield.

That's what will hurt the Saints most. Kamara was, in part, so effective because he was coupled with the workhorse in Ingram. In college, Butch Jones limited Kamara's carries too. The depth chart screams uncertainty even with Scott on the roster with running backs Trey Edmunds, Daniel Lasco and Jonathan Williams in the mix. Ingram is in the final year of his contract in 2018, and this is not the way you want to start a contract year. Overusing Kamara to such an extreme degree early in the season could prohibit the Saints from using him much late in the year when the stakes are at their highest. It's a business at the end of the day.

Ian Rapoport of and the NFL Network reported the suspension on Twitter and announced it on the league's website.

I'm still stunned to write "Mark Ingram" and "suspension" in the same sentence.

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