Star running back Mark Ingram has been suspended by the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
In 2017, Mark Ingram led the New Orleans Saints in rushing with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. Paired with rookie Alvin Kamara, the Saints had one of the best rushing attacks in the league. That duo will have to wait until week five to see the field to together again.
Ingram’s agents released a statement stating the substance used was not performance enhancing.
“At the end of the 2017 season, as a result of a NFL mandated random drug dest, Mark Ingram tested positive for a substance that was not a performance enhancing substance, nor an illegal substance, but a substance in fact permissible with the proper use exemption with the NFL,” Ingram’s agents, Paul Bobbitt and David Jones, said in a statement.
“He has vigorously challenged the test results through the arbitration process. Upon having the opportunity to to review the arbitrator’s opinion, we will explore what further options are needed.”
The NFL stated Wednesday the arbitrator’s ruling on Ingram’s was final, after the league announced the suspension on Tuesday.
During the suspension, Ingram will miss games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants.