Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints
Running Back #41
New Orleans Saints
Running Back #41

Alvin Kamara News

Season high rushing yards Week 18

Kamara posted 23 carries for 107 yards and gathered in one of two targets for three yards during Sunday's 10-7 defeat to Carolina.

Analysis: Kamara closed out his 2022 campaign with his second 100-yard rushing game of the season. He also matched his season high for rushing attempts, and he finished with three games of 20 or more carries over the final four weeks of the regular season. Over 15 contests, Kamara recorded 223 carries for 897 yards and two rushing touchdowns to go along with 57 receptions (on 77 targets) for 490 yards and two receiving touchdowns. While he didn't come close to matching his usual standard as a scorer, the 27-year-old running back still accumulated over 1,300 total yards for the sixth time in as many seasons. Kamara also started the 2022 campaign hampered by a rib injury, though he still handled 280 touches. These are both encouraging signs for his status as one of the top fantasy running backs heading into the 2023 campaign.

Jan 8, 2023 3:19 PM EST

Loses work to Hill

Kamara rushed the ball 16 times for 74 yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Eagles. He added one reception for seven yards.

Analysis: Despite positive game script, Kamara saw a downtick in involvement as Taysom Hill racked up 14 rushing attempts. Kamara's loss of usage was further underscored by his continued lack of involvement as a receiver, and he has now failed to record more than two receptions in four consecutive games. Positively, Kamara was efficient with his opportunity on the ground by averaging 4.6 yards per carry, highlighted by gains of 15 and 12 yards. All told, he now has at least 80 total yards in three consecutive games.

Jan 1, 2023 3:20 PM EST

Ready for Sunday

Kamara (personal/quadriceps) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: After he didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday due to a combination of a personal matter and a quad issue, Kamara returned to the field Friday and logged a full session. Afterward, coach Dennis Allen relayed to Rod Walker of The Times-Picayune that Kamara "looked good out there today, and he'll be ready to go this weekend." The preceding has come to pass, setting Kamara up to continue leading the Saints backfield Week 17.

Dec 30, 2022 12:15 PM EST

Returns to practice

Kamara (personal/quadriceps) returned to practice Friday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kamara was absent Wednesday and Thursday due to a combination of a personal matter and a quad injury. However, coach Dennis Allen put any concerns about his availability for Week 17 to rest Friday, telling Rod Walker of The Times-Picayune that the running back "looked good out there today, and he'll be ready to go this weekend." It's not yet known if Kamara will have a designation for Sunday's game at Philadelphia, but Friday's practice report will reveal as much.

Dec 30, 2022 11:53 AM EST

Remains absent from practice

Kamara (quadriceps/personal) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: It's unclear whether the quad issue or the personal matter is what's preventing Kamara from taking the field Thursday, as it was the latter concern that kept him away from the New Orleans facility entirely Wednesday. Whatever the case, he'll be listed as a non-participant for the second practice in a row, making Friday's session an all-important one in deciding his status for Sunday's game in Philadelphia. If Kamara isn't cleared to play this weekend, the Saints would be left with David Johnson and Eno Benjamin as its available running backs, though the jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill is likely to factor into the equation in some capacity regardless of whether Kamara is available or not.

Dec 29, 2022 12:27 PM EST

DNP due to personal reasons, quad

Kamara didn't practice Wednesday due to personal reasons and a quad injury.

Analysis: Coach Dennis Allen said earlier Wednesday that Kamara was a non-participant due to a "personal issue," according to Erin Summers of the Saints' official site. However, the team also listed Kamara with a health concern, so his status will be one to monitor as the week continues. Fortunately for Kamara, he'll have chances to log some drills Thursday and/or Friday before New Orleans potentially hands him a designation for Sunday's contest at Philadelphia.

Dec 28, 2022 1:43 PM EST

Reaches milestone in win

Kamara tallied 20 carries for 76 yards and one touchdown and hauled in two of four targets for 34 yards during Saturday's 17-10 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Kamara carried the Saints' option rushing attack with versatile quarterback Taysom Hill for the second week in a row. The running back's production benefited from Saturday's blustery weather conditions along with a depleted New Orleans receiving corps, as the team attempted just 15 passes compared to 39 total rushes. Kamara also posted the final touchdown of the game with a four-yard carry late in the third quarter. This score marked the sixth-year back's 72nd touchdown of his career, tying him with wide receiver Marques Colston for the most career touchdowns in Saints history. Kamara has now 20 carries in back-to-back games for the first time this season, and his added value in the receiving game should ensure him plenty of touches over the final two regular-season games.

Dec 24, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Could be headed for heavy usage

New Orleans could lean more heavily on the Kamara-led ground attack in Saturday's game against the Browns due to a forecast in Cleveland that includes frigid temperatures and sustained winds of almost 30 miles per hour, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Analysis: With 32 pass attempts per game, the Saints have already ranked in the bottom half of the league this season, but the poor weather and the absence of two key receivers in Chris Olave (hamstring) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) could prompt New Orleans to skew even more run-heavy than usual. Moreover, the Browns defense has proven to be more vulnerable against the run, as the unit surrenders 133.1 rushing yards per game, tied for the eighth-worst mark in the league. Coming off a 21-carry, 91-yard effort in the Week 15 win over the Falcons, Kamara should be busy again Saturday, as should Taysom Hill. Though he's listed as a tight end, Hill essentially served as the primary backup to Kamara last week, as he carried seven times for 30 yards in addition to throwing for 80 yards and a touchdown on two pass attempts.

Dec 23, 2022 9:45 AM EST

Tops 100 total yards in win

Kamara posted 21 carries for 91 yards and caught both of his targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 21-18 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Kamara looked like his old self coming off the Saints' Week 14 bye. The 27-year-old accumulated more than 100 total yards for the first time in his last six games, as he posted his third-most touches of the season. With Mark Ingram (knee) now on season-ending IR, Kamara easily paced New Orleans in rushing attempts ahead of swiss-army-knife Taysom Hill (seven) and new No. 2 back David Johnson (four). While Kamara was kept out of the end zone for the sixth straight game, this significant uptick in usage is an encouraging sign for his production moving heading into Week 16's matchup against Cleveland's porous rush defense, which has allowed 5.0 yards per carry this season.

Dec 18, 2022 5:19 PM EST

Stifled in another loss Week 13

Kamara tallied 12 carries for 26 yards and caught two of three targets for 11 yards during Monday's 17-16 defeat versus the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Kamara continued to underperform expectations, averaging less than four yards per carry for the sixth game in a row. While the five-time Pro Bowler was limited by three of the league's best rushing defenses in his previous three outings, he did not manage to break a run longer than five yards against a Buccaneers defense that allowed 4.6 yards per carry coming into Week 13. Kamara also posted his worst receiving stat line of the season despite quarterback Andy Dalton's solid performance Monday night. The running back has been forced to operate behind a banged-up offensive line recently, and this unit should have some time to recover during New Orleans' upcoming bye Week 14.

Dec 5, 2022 8:44 PM EST

No listing Thursday

Kamara (undisclosed) wasn't listed on Thursday's injury report.

Analysis: Kamara's last snap in this past Sunday's loss at San Francisco was a lost fumble at the goal line, which resulted in the running back visiting the sideline tent and continuing to don pads in the waning minutes of the contest. No injury was reported at the time or in its aftermath, and now he's avoided the Saints' initial practice report of Week 13. Kamara thus is in line to remain the team's primary backfield option, especially with Mark Ingram (foot, limited Thursday) dealing with a new health concern.

Dec 1, 2022 1:12 PM EST

Coughs up ball twice against SF

Kamara was limited to 13 rushing yards on seven carries and 37 receiving yards on six receptions (seven targets) Sunday. He also lost two fumbles in a 13-0 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Kamara coughed up the ball on the Saints' first and last offensive drives, effectively hamstringing the offense in a winnable contest. The latter fumble was especially tough to swallow for fantasy owners, as the ball was punched out at the goal line as the back was fighting for a potential touchdown. To add insult to injury for Kamara's fantasy managers, the star player was seen being treated in the medical tent following the aforementioned play, John Hendrix of reports. The 27-year-old remained in pads and returned to the sidelines for the final couple minutes of garbage time. It wouldn't be surprising to see Kamara pop up on the injury report this week ahead of next Monday's tilt against the Buccaneers.

Nov 27, 2022 5:33 PM EST

No injury designation

Kamara (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at San Francisco, New Orleans Football Network reports.

Analysis: The Saints listed Kamara as a full participant Friday after he missed practice Thursday, though multiple reporters said the running back left early Friday. Coach Dennis Allen doesn't expect the illness to impact Kamara on Sunday, with the Saints apparently confident enough to leave their lead runner off the final injury report. Backup Mark Ingram, who missed the past three games with a knee injury, is listed as questionable.

Nov 25, 2022 1:16 PM EST

DNP due to illness

Kamara was absent from Thursday's session due to an illness, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Kamara wasn't spotted at the media-access portion of the Saints' second practice of Week 12, and the reason for the DNP now is known. He doesn't have much time to get past the bug ahead of Sunday's game at San Francisco, but he at least has one more opportunity to participate in drills Friday before the team potentially gives him a designation. With Mark Ingram (knee) back on the field as limited this week, he could be New Orleans' lead runner Sunday if Kamara is at all inhibited.

Nov 24, 2022 12:55 PM EST

Solid performance in win

Kamara notched 12 carries for 42 yards and reeled in four of five targets for 47 yards during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Kamara bounced back following two of his worst outings of the season. While his rushing average remained below 3.6 yards per carry for the fourth straight game, Kamara recorded double-digit carries for the first time since his three-touchdown performance against the Raiders in Week 8. The versatile back also tied tight end Juwan Johnson as the Saints' second-leading receiver behind wideout Chris Olave, as quarterback Andy Dalton had a resurgent passing performance against the Rams. Kamara will look to notch just his fourth touchdown of the season next week against San Francisco.

Nov 20, 2022 3:51 PM EST

Another quiet game

Kamara rushed the ball eight times for 26 yards in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Steelers. He added three receptions for 19 yards.

Analysis: Kamara turned in his second consecutive disappointing performance and his lowest yardage total of the season. That was due in part to a season-low eight rushes, but Kamara also struggled to find room to operate as both a rusher and receiver. His longest gain of the day went for 14 yards on the ground, but he was otherwise bottled up. The Saints' offense has gone stagnant of late with Andy Dalton under center, which will continue to make it difficult for Kamara to consistently produce moving forward.

Nov 13, 2022 2:31 PM EST

No suspension expected this year

Kamara is unlikely to be suspended this season with his trial date scheduled for March 1 in connection to an alleged assault this past February, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: The league office has declined to suspend Kamara even with video evidence and seemingly intends to wait until the legal process plays out before considering a suspension and/or fine. That's not a definite, but it does seem more likely that the running back misses time next season.

Nov 9, 2022 11:50 AM EST

Disappoints in primetime

Kamara rushed the ball nine times for 30 yards in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens. He added three receptions on four targets for 32 yards.

Analysis: Kamara struggled to get going on the ground, as he matched his lowest carry total of the season and was also held for his fewest yards. He seemed to be getting on track in the second and third quarters when he picked up chunk gains of 10, nine and six yards, but the Saints couldn't stick with the running game due to game script. The bigger disappointment was Kamara's lack of involvement through the air, as his three receptions were his lowest mark since Week 3. However, Andy Dalton failed to get the Saints' offense on track and only Chris Olave surpassed three receptions in the matchup.

Nov 7, 2022 9:00 PM EST

Scores three TDs

Kamara rushed 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown while catching 9 of 10 targets for 96 yards and two more scores in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Kamara broke his touchdown drought in spectacular fashion. He opened the scoring with a three-yard rush during the first quarter, then barreled through a number of Raiders defenders on a 16-yard touchdown catch later on. Shortly after halftime, he again struck through the air, scoring from 36 yards. In doing so, he posted new season highs in all major receiving categories. His huge performance Sunday gives Kamara's stock a nice boost ahead of Week 9's Monday night matchup versus the Ravens.

Oct 30, 2022 12:58 PM EST

Compiles 18 touches in loss

Kamara rushed 11 times for 49 yards and brought in seven of nine targets for 56 yards in the Saints' 42-34 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Analysis: Game script helped limit Kamara's rushing touches overall, and he picked up three of his seven catches on the Cardinals' final drive. The versatile veteran also typically found running room at a premium, as outside of his game-long 17-yard rush, he netted just 32 yards on his 10 other carries. Nevertheless, Kamara did out pace backfield mate Mark Ingram by seven carries and now has 19 receptions over the last three games alone, giving him plenty of upside ahead of a Week 8 home matchup against the Raiders a week from Sunday.

Oct 20, 2022 8:58 PM EST

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