Mark Ingram suspended by National Football League for first four games of 2018


Along with Ingram, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget, Raiders offensive lineman Vader Alexander and free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez are also facing four-game suspensions to open the 2018 season. The suspension means that Ingram won't be on the field for the Saints' home games against Tampa Bay (Week 1) and Cleveland (Week 2), or road games against Atlanta (Week 3) and the New York Giants (Week 4).

"Ingram is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games". Ingram and Kamara made league history in 2017 by becoming the first backfield teammates to each surpass 1,500 yards from scrimmage. Kamara was also a Pro Bowler last season after rushing for 728 yards and eight touchdowns while also catching 81 passes for 826 yards and five more scores.

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Kamara took on a slightly larger share of the workload down the stretch last season - which could remain the norm even when Ingram returns. The suspension has also forced the Saints, who have a desire to feature Kamara more and more prominently in the offense, to scale back any trade intentions for Ingram. After being selected by the Saints with the 28th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Ingram didn't do much during his first three years with the team, averaging just 487.3 yards per season. But he has emerged as a true leading man over the past four years in New Orleans, including back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2014, 2017) and has 5,362 career rushing yards and 44 rushing touchdowns.