Arbitrator upholds Mark Ingram suspension

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The bad news is that the Saints apparently won't have running back Mark Ingram for the first four games of the 2018 season.

So, Ingram will indeed be suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Ingram's representation issued the following press release on Wednesday, confirming their intentions to argue the validity of the test results.

"He has vigorously challenged the test results through the arbitration process".

Ingram's agents suggested in their statement that they may explore further options once they review the arbitrator's full opinion, which is due by May 16. "Upon having the opportunity to review the arbitrator's opinion, we will explore what future options are needed".

However it plays out, the Saints will need help at the position if Ingram isn't available for the first four weeks.

Ingram ranks second in Saints' history to Deuce McAllister in career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

Ingram reportedly wants a new contract and will not participate in the New Orleans Saints' voluntary offseason work.

However, the NFL reiterated Wednesday that the arbitrator has made a final ruling on Ingram's appeal - which is why the league announced his suspension on Tuesday. But even without Ingram, the Saints will still have reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara set to take over as the team's lead back.

Ingram enjoyed his best of seven National Football League seasons in 2017, rushing 230 times for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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