Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints
Running Back #41
New Orleans Saints
Running Back #41
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Tops 150 total yards

Kamara rushed the ball 30 times for 146 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over Atlanta. He added two receptions for 16 yards.

Analysis: Kamara was the centerpiece of the Saints' offense, particularly after Taysom Hill suffered a foot injury that pushed Trevor Siemian into action. The end result was a career-high 30 rushing attempts for Kamara and his highest yardage total on the ground for the campaign. Kamara relied primarily on volume to produce, though he highlighted his effort with gains of 27 and 13 yards to turn in an efficient performance. The primary thing missing from Kamara's performance was a trip to the end zone, a common theme for the season as he tallied only nine total touchdowns -- 12 fewer than his mark in 2020. The Saints will presumably look to upgrade their offense during the offseason, which would have the chance to benefit Kamara's fantasy outlook from an efficiency perspective.

Jan 9, 2022 5:56 PM EST

Productive against Panthers

Kamara carried the ball 13 times for 32 yards and caught five of six targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 18-10 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: It was a rough day for Kamara on the ground, as Taysom Hill ended up leading New Orleans in rushing, but the running back found success through the air and capped his performance with a 12-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter. It's the seventh time this season Kamara has reached triple-digit scrimmage yards in a game, and he could be poised for big numbers again in Week 18 against the Falcons as the Saints try to sneak into the playoffs.

Jan 2, 2022 8:27 PM EST

Held in check

Kamara rushed 13 times for 52 yards while catching two of four targets for seven yards during Monday's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Despite the seemingly favorable matchup with Miami, Kamara was not set up to succeed considering he was working with a fourth-string rookie quarterback behind a patchwork offensive line. However, it was still confusing that the Saints didn't feed him the ball more often given the massive struggles New Orleans had throwing the ball with Ian Book. In any case, the entire offense should find easier sledding in Week 17 against Carolina if either of Taysom Hill (COVID-19) or Trevor Siemian (COVID-19) is able to gain medical clearance in time.

Dec 27, 2021 9:15 PM EST

Emergency quarterback

Kamara is the Saints' emergency quarterback Monday night should something happen to Ian Book, Peter Schrager reported on the Fox Sunday morning pregame show.

Analysis: The Saints should have been expected to be creative with Kamara to begin with, so don't be surprised if the Saints roll out a few direct snaps to Kamara in the game.

Dec 26, 2021 9:12 AM EST

Just 31 yards on 13 touches

Kamara was held in check Sunday, recording just 18 yards on 11 carries while catching two of six targets for 13 yards in a 9-0 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The Saints were missing several key players all over its offensive lineup, so Tampa Bay's defense was keyed in on Kamara in this low-scoring matchup. The star tailback looked to be operating at full capacity in his impressive return from a knee injury last week (145 total yards and a touchdown), so this rough outing can't be attributed to poor health. For what its worth, fellow back Mark Ingram didn't fare any better against the Buc's dominant rush defense (nine carries for 10 yards), and no New Orleans player averaged more than 3.0 yards per carry. Kamara's fantasy managers that are moving on in the fantasy playoffs will hope for a bounce-back game against the Dolphins next Monday.

Dec 19, 2021 8:55 PM EST

Carves up Jets in return

Kamara (knee) rushed 27 times for 120 yards and a touchdown while catching four of five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The Saints had no qualms about feeding Kamara in his first action since Week 9, as he racked up 94 yards on 16 first-half touches, including a 16-yard touchdown run to take a 10-3 lead 3:42 before halftime. Kamara's workload remained steady in the second half, but his bid for a second touchdown from the 1-yard line was stuffed in the fourth quarter, and Taysom Hill took it in himself on the next play. While finding running room will be tougher in Week 15 against the stingy Tampa Bay front, but Kamara's elite receiving ability out of the backfield coupled with his rushing volume will keep him a must-start fantasy option if healthy.

Dec 12, 2021 1:21 PM EST

To take on usual role Sunday

Coach Sean Payton indicated Kamara should be able to handle his typical workload in Sunday's road game against the Jets, Mike Triplett of reports.

Analysis: In his return from a four-game absence this weekend, Kamara may be operating out of the backfield without Mark Ingram and Ty Montgomery due to the pair testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. If the preceding comes to pass, Kamara's primary competition for snaps will be special teamer Dwayne Washington, second-year pro Tony Jones and fullback Adam Prentice. Kamara acted as the Saints' lead runner Weeks 1 through 9, when he averaged 22.3 touches for 105 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring seven TDs in eight contests.

Dec 10, 2021 12:37 PM EST

Full practice participant at last

Kamara (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Since he first appeared on Saints injury reports back on Nov. 10 due to what was eventually termed an MCL sprain, Kamara has missed four consecutive contests. With a long-awaited return to all activity now in the rearview mirror, the development coincides with Mark Ingram's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday due to a positive test for the virus. There's a small chance Ingram gets through the necessary protocol and gets cleared to play Sunday at the Jets, but Kamara may have reached full health at a perfect time to take on close to his usual workhorse role. In eight games prior to the knee injury, Kamara averaged 22.3 touches for 105 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring seven total TDs.

Dec 8, 2021 1:21 PM EST

Likely practicing , could play

Kamara (knee) is expected to practice Wednesday and could return for Sunday's game against the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It would be good timing for the Saints after Mark Ingram landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday afternoon. Kamara last played in a game Nov. 7 against Atlanta (Week 9), with his subsequent absence due to a knee sprain opening up playing time for Ingram, Ty Montgomery and Tony Jones at various points over the past month.

Dec 8, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Sitting out again Thursday

Kamara (knee) is listed as inactive Thursday against the Cowboys.

Analysis: When Kamara was able to receive limited listings on all three Week 13 injury reports, there was a glimmer of hope that he'd be able to see his first game action since Week 9. However, following a report from Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network early Thursday, Kamara was considered unlikely to suit up. Kamara thus will yield the Saints backfield to Mark Ingram, who is back after missing one contest due to swelling in his knee. Behind Ingram, Tony Jones and wide receiver Ty Montgomery are available for any RB reps that don't go to Ingram.

Dec 2, 2021 3:55 PM EST

On track to sit out Week 13

Kamara (knee), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Cowboys, won't be available to play, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.

Analysis: An official word on Kamara's status won't come until the Saints release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, but fantasy managers should prepare for the star running back to miss a fourth consecutive contest. Heading into Thursday, Kamara appeared to have a decent chance of playing this week after he was listed as a limited participant on practice reports issued Monday through Wednesday, but the Saints may have wanted him to upgrade to full activity before clearing him to return from an MCL sprain. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram practiced fully throughout the week and looks on track to recapture a three-down workhorse role out of the New Orleans backfield after a bout with knee inflammation prevented him from playing in the Saints' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills.

Dec 2, 2021 7:09 AM EST

Questionable for Week 13

Kamara (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Kamara maintained limited listings on all three of the Saints' Week 13 injury reports as he attempts to make his way back from an MCL sprain that has forced him to miss the past three contests. At the same time, Mark Ingram (knee) was a full participant Monday through Wednesday and is ready to handle as many backfield reps as needed if Kamara has to sit out a fourth consecutive game. The Saints will reveal Kamara's availability about 90 minutes before Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 1, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Another limited showing

Kamara (knee) was limited at Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: Kamara earned the same listing on Monday's injury report, but on a positive note he at least has maintained his activity level on back-to-back days after missing the past three games due to a sprained MCL. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram (knee) again practiced in full Tuesday, putting himself in a better spot to be the Saints' lead runner Thursday against the Cowboys. If Kamara doesn't do enough to be cleared for his first game action since Nov. 7, Ingram will be just that Week 13.

Nov 30, 2021 1:46 PM EST

Practicing again Tuesday

Kamara (knee) is taking part in practice again Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kamara has participated in three days straight, placing him on a path toward rejoining the action Thursday after sitting out the past three games. We should get a better feel for his status when the team releases its official injury report for the big Thursday night showdown with the Cowboys.

Nov 30, 2021 1:02 PM EST

Limited in Monday's practice

Kamara (knee) was a limited participant in Monday's practice.

Analysis: Mike Triplett of previously reported that Kamara was back on the field for the Saints' unofficial practice session Saturday, but Monday marked the first time he appeared on New Orleans' practice report as a limited or full participant since Nov. 17. He missed one game prior to that date and two after due to an MCL sprain, but he could have a realistic shot at putting an end to his three-game absence Thursday against the Cowboys. In order to suit up this week, Kamara may need to maintain at least limited participation in practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, and even if he does, there's a chance he ends up ceding more work than normal to Mark Ingram (knee), who practiced fully Monday after joining Kamara on the inactive list for the team's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills. Along with the presence of Ingram, Kamara's Week 13 fantasy outlook is further affected by a change at quarterback. Trevor Siemian is expected to move into the backup role to clear the way for the more mobile Taysom Hill, who will be a threat to poach goal-line carries from both Kamara and Ingram.

Nov 29, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Practices Sunday

Kamara (knee) took part in the media-access portion of practice Sunday, Mike Triplett of reports.

Analysis: Sunday's session is unofficial, as the Saints won't release a Week 13 injury report until Monday due to their next game taking place Thursday against the Cowboys. But it's a decent sign that both Kamara and Mark Ingram (knee), who also sat out a Week 12 loss to the Bills, are trending in the right direction. Kamara's presence is particular notable considering he hadn't practiced since sprained his MCL back in Week 9 and missed the Saints' last three games.

Nov 28, 2021 12:31 PM EST

Won't return Thursday

Kamara (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: This news isn't a total shock after Kamara was unable to step foot on the practice field Monday through Wednesday due to his MCL sprain. He'll thus miss a third consecutive contest, likely handing over starting duties to Mark Ingram yet again. However, Ingram sandwiched two limited listings around a DNP on Tuesday's practice report due to a knee issue of his own, leaving him questionable for Thursday. If Ingram is unable to give it a go, Tony Jones is next up on the depth chart, with Dwayne Washington and wide receiver Ty Montgomery in reserve as options out of the Saints backfield.

Nov 24, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Ruled out for Thanksgiving

Kamara (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: The writing was on the wall here after Kamara wasn't seen at Wednesday's final practice ahead of the primetime matchup. The star back will miss a third straight game and set his sights on a return in Week 13 against the Cowboys. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram is questionable for the game with a knee injury, while Tony Jones and Dwayne Washington wait in the wings to take on more of a workload.

Nov 24, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Not seen at practice

Kamara (knee) isn't present for the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Kamara thus seems likely to miss a third straight game when the Saints host the Bills on Thursday night, and now there's some question if fellow RB Mark Ingram (knee) will play. Ingram reportedly was present for the start of Wednesday's practice but then left while media members were still present. Tony Jones and Dwayne Washington are the team's healthy running backs, with the latter predominately a special teams player throughout his time in New Orleans.

Nov 24, 2021 12:37 PM EST

Continues to miss practice

The Saints listed Kamara (knee) as a non-participant in Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: Since Tuesday is likely to be the Saints' most rigorous practice session of the week with the team facing a quick turnaround for their Thanksgiving Day game against the Bills, Kamara's inability to take any reps suggests he'll be in line for a third straight absence Thursday. Before giving Kamara a designation this week, the Saints will see what both he and Mark Ingram (knee) are able to do during Wednesday's workout. Ingram wasn't able to take any reps during Tuesday's practice either, leaving Tony Jones and special-teams contributor Dwayne Washington as the healthy backs on the New Orleans roster.

Nov 23, 2021 1:44 PM EST

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