The Week 2 trip to New Orleans comes when the host Saints will be without starting running back Mark Ingram. He will be eligible to return to the Saints' active roster on Monday, Oct. 1.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four games of the upcoming NFL season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to multiple reports.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport says that Ingram, with one year left on his contract, wants a new deal, but, given the suspension news, any talks of that nature are unlikely to progress right now. He had his first career 1,000-yard season in 2016 and followed that up with another one in 2017.
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The veteran running back is scheduled to earn a base salary of $4 million in the final year of his contract, meaning he will forfeit almost $1 million - and possibly more in bonus money - by missing the four games.
New Orleans opens its season with home games against the Buccaneers and Browns, then has a pair of road games against the Falcons and Giants. As Fantasy Guru's Graham Barfield points out, Kamara out-snapped Ingram over the Saints' final eight games last season. He led the team in rushing in 2018 and was voted onto the Pro Bowl past year for the second time.
Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy victor from Alabama, has been terrific in the pros, averaging 1,359 total yards and nine touchdowns over the last four seasons (2014-17). In his games against Tampa Bay, he ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and had 12 grabs for 168 yards and another touchdown.