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Alvin Kamara did not participate in Thursday’s practice
Alvin Kamara‘s limited participation in Wednesday’s practice seemed to be an indication that he could be close to returning from his knee injury this week. But that’s now looking less likely. Kamara did not participate in Thursday’s practice, according to the Saints injury report. The running back missed the Week 10 loss to the Titans [more]But that’s now looking less likely.
Taysom Hill in, Alvin Kamara out for "Thursday Night Football."
The Saints are entering a critical stretch of their 2021 season starting tonight vs. the Cowboys, but any hopes to snap a four-game skip is going to have to come without their All-Pro running back.
In eight games before the injury, Kamara was having a typical Kamara season: He's amassed 840 scrimmage yards (530 rushing, 310 receiving) with seven total touchdowns for the Saints in 2021.
Now, they'll be without him for a bit longer than they expected. Here's why:
Why isn't Alvin Kamara playing vs. Cowboys?
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Alvin Kamara would not have practiced for Saints on Monday
The Saints haven’t had running back Alvin Kamara for the last two weeks due to a knee injury, and it may keep him out for Thursday’s matchup with the Bills as well. New Orleans released its injury report for Monday and Kamara was listed once again as a non-participant. Because the Saints didn’t go through [more]New Orleans released its injury report for Monday and Kamara was listed once again as a non-participant. Because the Saints didn’t go through a full practice, the injury report is an estimate.
Kamara is missing his fourth game this season while dealing with an MCL sprain.
The Saints decided against placing Kamara on IR after he suffered the injury in early November, hoping that he would be able to play without forcing a three-game minimum absence. Instead, Kamara has now missed his fourth consecutive game, as the Saints offense has sputtered without him. He last played in the Saints' Week 9 matchup with the Falcons.
Kamara seemingly suffered a setback during practice before Week 11, and was limited in practice on Wednesday, Dec. 1 before being ruled out on Thursday.
In his absence (and with Trevor Siemian at quarterback), the Saints have gone 0-3, and they face off against an NFC Championship hopeful Dallas Cowboys squad on "Thursday Night Football" in Week 13.
Throughout his career, Kamara has been largely durable, missing just four games since 2017 before the start of the 2021 season. Kamara is coming off a big-time 2020 season, in which he scored 21 total touchdowns for New Orleans.
In his stead, the Saints will turn to Mark Ingram, Tony Jones and Ty Montgomery for backfield snaps.
The injury bug has bitten the Saints in 2021: In addition to Kamara, the team is without both starting tackles, Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead. They already lost quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Michael Thomas for the year.
Tonight's Saints starting quarterback, Taysom Hill, has also dealt with a foot injury this season.
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