Ingram suspended 4 games for PED violation

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints were planning to make Alvin Kamara their "featured" back even before Mark Ingram's four-game suspension.

Ingram had his best season as a pro in 2017. The Week 2 trip to New Orleans comes when the host Saints will be without starting running back Mark Ingram.

Ingram finished his 2017 season with 230 carries for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns.

According to Nick Underhill (put it on the Underhill's bill!), the league has suspended Ingram for four games for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

He will be eligible to return in Week 5, missing two home games and two road games.

Ingram will miss New Orleans' September games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants. That's the standard suspension for a first-time PED offense. Last season, the University of Tennessee product rolled for 81 catches, 1,554 total yards and 13 touchdowns, while collecting Associated Press Offensive Rookie Of The Year honors. But if the Saints want to roll with their electric runner in Kamara, it's hard to imagine that would be bad thing.

The Saints drafted Ingram in the first round, 28th overall, in 2011 out of Alabama.

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