Mark Ingram to challenge ban via arbitration process

NFL NFC Divisional Playoff New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings

The NFL reiterated Wednesday that an arbitrator has made a final ruling on the appeal, which is why the league announced his suspension on Tuesday.

"He has vigorously challenged the test results through the arbitration process". Upon having the opportunity to review the arbitrator's opinion, we will explore what further options are needed."Barring an overturned judgment, Ingram is slated to miss tilts against the Buccaneers, Browns, Falcons and Giants".

The NFL's drug policies include a therapeutic use exemption.

Ingram's representation issued the following press release on Wednesday, confirming their intentions to argue the validity of the test results. Looking at the Saints' last four games of 2017, Ingram's numbers were in decline.

Among the conditions listed that use medications that could require a TUE are ADD/ADHD, male pattern baldness, hypertension and hormonal deficiency due to either primary or secondary hypogonadism and/or hypopituitarism.

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His desire to play for it all had everything to do with his move to Houston last summer, and this is his chance to follow through. Which was not going to be easy - Anthony Davis went off for 34 points and 19 rebounds trying to will his team to another win.


Ingram is coming off his second Pro Bowl season for the Saints.

As it stands, though, Ingram will be suspended for the first four games of the 2018 National Football League campaign.

The 28-year-old Ingram is coming off the best season of his career as he set new personal bests of 230 carries, 1,124 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 58 receptions and 416 receiving yards.

Ingram's numbers slightly falling off, averaging 2.8 yards per carry, 31.5 yards rushing per game and only 1 touchdown. New Orleans, however, does have a capable replacement in the electrifying Alvin Kamara, who was named the NFL Rookie of the Year last season.

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