Saints were shifting to Alvin Kamara as lead back before Mark Ingram suspension

Some rather shocking news broke on Tuesday, as New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram was suspended four games by the league for PEDs.

Following up on that, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Saints were already going to have Ingram taking on a lesser role in 2018, with Alvin Kamara taking over as the lead back.

Rapoport noted that Ingram wasn’t expected to attend OTAs and wouldn’t be showing up until minicamp. He also reported the Saints have been trying to trade Ingram of late, though obviously nothing came of that, and now that he’s suspended that job is even more difficult.

He’s picked it up very quickly, Harbaugh said.

He’s very smart. He studies. Very sharp, has a nice presence on the field. I think we all feel like he handled himself very well out there. More from Yahoo Sports: Woman’s $18 Derby bet lands $1.2 millionSlain NFL player honored with posthumous degreeWill the Browns be able to resist starting Mayfield?

The veteran cornerback, who signed a one-year deal to return to the Vikings yesterday, said during a conference call that his 16th season was going to mark his farewell.

“I think this will be my last year no matter what happens,’’ Newman said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Newman will turn 40 in September, and will be the oldest active defensive player in the league.

“After 15 years, I’ve soaked as much as I can in,” he said. “It’s been a heck of a ride. I understand when it’s time for me. I’m not going to put an onus on doing anything special.”

Simply walking on the field counts as something special, since he’s been playing since he was the fifth overall pick in the 2003 draft. The fifth pick in this year’s draft, Bradley Chubb, was 7 years old when that happened.broncos_124_25dd8df54867975b-180x180