Saints RB Mark Ingram on suspension: I'm going to be ready when it's time
Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram reported to training camp for the first day of New Orleans Saints minicamp.
After practice, Ingram spoke with reporters and answered questions about his suspension for violating the NFL policy in regards to Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's). Ingram will miss the first four games of the 2018 season.
Ingram's case may not be as "clear cut" as many other PED suspensions. After the NFL announced the suspension, Ingram's representative released a statement claiming the player tested positive for a substance that is "permissable" with an NFL exemption. Ingram challenged the league's decision, but an arbitrator upheld the NFL's punishment for the positive test.
"I fought it hard. I don't agree with it. I'm gonna serve my suspension and I'm gonna be ready when it's time," Ingram said. "I love my teammates. I love my family. I love this organization. I love all my fans in Who Dat Nation, everyone who has supported me from day one. I'll be OK. I'm moving forward, not looking back and I'll be ready to go when it's time to play."
In 2017, Ingram and teammate Alvin Kamara produced the greatest "dual-threat" season in NFL history. Both players surpassed 15 hundred total yards from scrimmage--Ingram finished with 1,540 yards and 12 touchdowns and Kamara had 1,554 yards and 13 touchdowns.