Mark Ingram 'vigorously' challenging 4-game suspension by NFL

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The NFL has suspended the running back for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is awaiting an arbitrator's decision on the test that triggered a four-game suspension by the NFL.

Ingram's representation issued the following press release on Wednesday, confirming their intentions to argue the validity of the test results. "Upon having the opportunity to review the arbitrator's opinion, we will explore what future options are needed".

"He has vigorously challenged the test results through the arbitration process". For example, Le'Veon Bell was suspended for four games to begin the 2016 season for substance abuse, but saw it dropped to three contests. Alvin Kamara will serve as the lead back while Ingram sits out the first four weeks of the season, with Trey Edmunds, Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams and Daniel Lasco (neck) all in the mix to compete for a complementary role.

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Ingram's numbers slightly falling off, averaging 2.8 yards per carry, 31.5 yards rushing per game and only 1 touchdown.

The Saints will also face off against the Cleveland Browns, who allowed the second most rushing yards per game last season, second only to the San Francisco 49ers.

Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara became the first pair of running-back teammates in National Football League history to produce more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage apiece in the same season in 2017.

Ingram rushed for a rushed for a career high 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017, along with 416 receiving yards.

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