Saints lose Ingram for 4 games due to PEDs

May 09, 2018, 01:15
Saints lose Ingram for 4 games due to PEDs

The biggest game on the schedule Ingram will have to sit out will be the September 23 trip to play against the Atlanta Falcons, a division game and the Saints biggest rival.

Although Ingram is eligible to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games, the NFL Network, citing a source, reported that he skipped voluntary workouts and plans to bypass the Saints' organized team activities because he wants a new contract.

Ingram, who set career highs by rushing for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, will not be eligible to rejoin the team's active roster until October 1. But with Ingram out for the first four games, the depth chart at the position all of a sudden has become much more important. He also caught 58 passes for 416 yards and was named to the Pro Bowl while earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in November.

Kamara took on a slightly larger share of the workload down the stretch last season - which could remain the norm even when Ingram returns. "This is also why New Orleans hasn't shopped him". The 2017 NFL Rookie of the Year, he carried the ball 120 times for 728 yards and 8 touchdowns. And they just drafted Louisiana Tech's Boston Scott in the sixth round.

Ingram, a former Heisman Trophy victor at Alabama and a first-round draft choice in 2011, got off to a slow start in the National Football League because of nagging injuries, inconsistent production and an overcrowded backfield.

It looks like the New Orleans Saints are going to have to start their 2018 season without their leading rusher from 2017 on the field.

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