Mark Ingram 'vigorously' challenging drug test results, lawyer says

Saints lose Ingram to 4-game NFL doping ban

Saints lose Ingram to 4-game NFL doping ban

Mark Ingram is looking for a pay raise despite the fact that he has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Ingram's agent, David Jones of VIP Sports Management, wrote in a statement Wednesday morning (May 9) that Ingram had "vigorously" challenged the failed drug test and that Ingram was waiting for the arbitrator's opinion on May 16. If the suspension holds, Ingram will likely then appeal that decision. The league have not specified which substance Ingram tested positive for.

Ingram's team stated that that the substance in question is permitted to be used by players with a theraputic use exemption, but it doesn't appear that Ingram had one. Ingram, however, did not have this exemption.

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.

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Perhaps Ingram can have a similar outcome, but the National Football League won't budge without significant evidence to the contrary.

Compared to his season stats of 4.9 yards per carry, 72 rushing yards per game and 12 total touchdowns, the Saints' became less and less reliant on Ingram to be the workhorse. He will be eligible to return to the Saints' active roster on October 1.

Here is the statement from Jones in its entirety.

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".

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