Mark Ingram's potential absence comes at good spot on the schedule

Mark Ingram's potential absence comes at good spot on the schedule

Mark Ingram's potential absence comes at good spot on the schedule

Despite the National Football League already hearing and denying Ingram's appeal (per Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune), Ingram's representative, David W. Jones, says they will explore further options upon the release of the arbitrator's written decision by May 16.

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

"At the end of the 2017 season, as a result of a National Football League mandated random drug test, Mark Ingram tested positive for a substance that was not a performance enhancing substance, nor an illegal substance, but a substance in fact permissible with the proper use exemption with the National Football League", the statement reads.

An arbitrator's decision is due no later than May 16.


In the Saints' first four contests of 2018, they will face two of the four teams Ingram struggled against in the final four games, the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Atlanta Falcons.

Ingram, who ran for 1,124 yards last season, is allowed to participate in pre-game practices and game and all off-season team activities. He will be eligible to return to the Saints' active roster on October 1.

The former Heisman victor Ingram rushed for a career-high 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017, along with adding 416 receiving yards.

Ingram's lawyer, David W. Jones, said Ingram tested positive at the end of the 2017 season "for a substance that was not a performance enhancing substance, but a substance in fact permissible with the proper use exemption with the National Football League". Alvin Kamara never had more than 12 carries in any game last year; using him as a workhorse for the first 25 percent of the season could make it harder to keep Kamara fresh later in the year.

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