Mark Ingram will continue to fight his four-game suspension.
One day after the New Orleans Saints ran away for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, Ingram's Representative David W. Jones issued a statement declaring that he would challenge the arbitration verdict.
"At the end of the 2017 season, Mark Ingram was tested as a result of an NFL-mandated random drug test on a substance that was not a performance-enhancing substance, nor an illegal substance, but an actual substance with the proper use of liberation NFL, "said Jones in a statement received by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. "The referee's opinion is due on or before Wednesday, May 1
Aside from an overturned ruling, Ingram will miss the tilt against the Buccaneers, Browns, Falcons, and Giants. Ingram is allowed to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
The 28-year-old, who entered the final year of his contract, was not in the team facility during off-season voluntary conditioning and does not plan to volunteer for OTAs, Rapoport reported on Tuesday in NFL Network Up To The Minute . Rapoport added that the saints knew the possible suspension for "several weeks".
Ingram led the Saints last season with 1,124 yards to 230 carry with 12 TDs. With offensive rookie of the year, Alvin Kamara ready to take on a bigger role in the offensive, Ingram is unwilling to play four games as he enters the final year of his deal.