According to a statement from the NFL, former Alabama and current New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Ingram and his representatives at VIP Sports Management have not commented on the test results or whether Ingram will appeal.
For his part, Ingram also enjoyed a stellar 2017 campaign, notching career highs in carries (230), rushing yards (1,124), rushing touchdowns (12), receptions (58) and receiving yards (416).
Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four games of the season. 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.
Ingram, who set career highs by rushing for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, will not be eligible to rejoin the team's active roster until October 1.
Ingram will still be permitted to participate in offseason workouts, training camp and the preseason, but he will not be able to practice or play in those first four games. Kamara enjoyed a banner rookie season.
A former Alabama standout and Heisman trophy victor is in trouble in the NFL.
Despite the New Orleans Saints' apparent focus on Kamara as their featured running back for the 2018 National Football League season, both the National Football League news release and the Sun Herald quoted Rapoport, who said that Ingram is still expected to provide a "nice 1-2 punch" for the Saints' rushing attack alongside Kamara. But if the Saints want to roll with their electric runner in Kamara, it's hard to imagine that would be bad thing. The 2017 season was his most productive.