Mark Ingram is fighting an uphill battle with suspension

Mark Ingram is fighting an uphill battle with suspension

Mark Ingram is fighting an uphill battle with suspension

Mark Ingram's lawyer has issued a statement claiming that the substance found in Ingram's system that triggered a four game suspension for the New Orleans Saints running back is not, in fact, a banned substance.

"The NFL recognizes that within the list of prohibited substances there are medications that are appropriate for the treatment of specific medical conditions".

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

Ingram, who is seeking a new contract despite his circumstances, has not been present during voluntary offseason workouts but will be permitted to participate in all of the Saints' offseason work and training camp as well as the preseason.

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.

An arbitrator's decision is due no later than May 16. He will be eligible to return to the Saints' active roster on October 1.

Flint, Michigan native Ingram has rushed for over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons and set career highs by running for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017.

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

With Ingram missing, the Saints will use back up running back Trey Edmunds, who had an impressive 41 yard touchdown run in Buffalo previous year, newly acquired Jonathan Williams and possibly 2018 sixth-round draft pick Boston Scott from LA Tech.

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