The suspension means that Ingram's first game in 2018 won't come until October, when the Saints host the Redskins for a "Monday Night Football" showdown.
The veteran running back is scheduled to earn a base salary of $4 million in the final year of his contract, meaning he will forfeit almost $1 million - and possibly more in bonus money - by missing the four games. If Ingram's suspension remains intact, the seven-year veteran would miss home outings with the Buccaneers and Browns and road games with the Falcons and Giants.
In the meantime, second-year pro Alvin Kamara will take on an even bigger role in the Saints offense after being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The 28-year-old still will be able to participate in any offseason activities and the four preseason games the Saints play, but according to Rapoport, Ingram hasn't been present around the team facility. Ingram and Kamara made league history in 2017 by becoming the first backfield teammates to each surpass 1,500 yards from scrimmage. He also had 58 receptions for 416 yards last season. Kamara will be well worth a first-round pick in this summer's fantasy drafts. May.
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Green guarded Rondo while both teams walked to their respective benches and the two eventually began lightly shoving each other. In the first round, he put up 11.3 points, 7.5 boards and 13.3 assists in a four-game sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy victor from Alabama, has been terrific in the pros, averaging 1,359 total yards and nine touchdowns over the last four seasons (2014-17).
New Orleans' ground game ranked fifth in the NFL with an average of 129.4 yards per game last season while leading the league with 23 rushing touchdowns and an average of 4.7 yards per carry.
He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2014, 2017) and has 5,362 career rushing yards and 44 rushing touchdowns.