NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Saints WR Michael Thomas' high-ankle sprain is "worse than originally believed and he's now expected to miss several weeks." Thomas' absence would push targets toward WR Emmanuel Sanders, TE Jared Cook, WR Tre'Quan Smith and RB Alvin Kamara -- and perhaps motivate the Saints to go more run-heavy. As recently as 2017 and 2018, this offense ranked among the most run-heavy in the league. The next 3 weeks bring matchups with the Raiders, Packers and Lions -- all of whom ranked 16th or worse in Football Outsiders run-defense DVOA last season. Then come the Chargers (25th) and a Week 6 bye. So you should probably prepare the possibility of going without Thomas until Week 7. Thomas' situation also hurts the fantasy outlook for QB Drew Brees, who threw for just 160 yards in the opening win over Tampa.
Saints WR Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain late in Sunday's win over the Bucs, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "It’s something he believes he can play through," Pelissero adds. "With an extra day before next Monday’s game vs. Raiders, nobody ruling Thomas out." It sounds like this is a relatively minor high-ankle sprain, but it's still worrisome. Just last year, we saw this injury derail Alvin Kamara and Saquon Barkley's seasons. We'll obviously keep a close eye on Thomas' status this coming week. His absence would be a big blow to QB Drew Brees, while opening up a ton of opportunity for Kamara, TE Jared Cook and WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara has signed a 5-year contract extension worth $75 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Kamara gets a $15 million signing bonus and over $34 million in guarantees. He's now tied with Ezekiel Elliott for the 2nd highest-paid RB in terms of average annual salary -- behind only Christian McCaffrey. Contract and back concerns surrounded Kamara in late August and early September. But he once again looks like a top 5 fantasy back.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the epidural shot Saints RB Alvin Kamara got recently was "just for SI joint inflammation, and the shot calmed it down. Not considered a big deal at all." The SI joint connects the base of the spine to the hip bones, and inflammation in that area can lead to pain from the lower back down into the legs. Kamara's return to practice Wednesday supports the notion that this isn't a big deal. And the team and player reportedly remain in talks to extend his contract. We're still drafting Kamara in Round 1.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara missed the last few days of practice after receiving an epidural shot in his back, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. It was previously believed that Kamara was skipping out over demands for a new contract. Kamara does still want that new deal, and Pelissero hears that the 2 sides aren't far apart. But the Saints are willing to trade Kamara if they can't come to an agreement. "Kamara still wants to be a Saint long-term and the team's priority to this point has been to make it happen," Pelissero adds. In the meantime, Kamara is expected to return to practice on Wednesday. We'll obviously continue to keep a close eye on this sticky situation. Between the contract and back issues, Kamara comes with more risk in fantasy drafts right now.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara has had an "unexcused absence" from camp the past 3 days and "it is believed to be contract related," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sounds like a holdout to us. Kamara is entering the final year of his rookie contract and scheduled to make just over $2 million this season. It's unclear if he's willing to sit out games. We'll keep a close eye on the situation. Kamara obviously comes with elevated risk in fantasy drafts in the meantime.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara told reporters on Monday that he "tore his knee" in last year's Week 6 game against the Jaguars. He added that he avoided surgery but did "a lot of rehab this offseason." We knew Kamara hurt his knee in that game (in addition to suffering a high-ankle sprain), but this makes it sound like the injury was more serious than initially thought. Regardless, the takeaway is that Kamara was banged up last season and is a prime bounce-back candidate if he stays healthy in 2020.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s smash spot at home for the Falcons. Kamara might cede a bit more work to RB Latavius Murray than he was before the injury, but he remains a high-end RB1. Murray is in the RB3/Flex mix in this week's plus matchup.
Saints HC Sean Payton confirmed that RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) is expected to return for this weekend's game against the Falcons. That's been the belief for a while now, so it was surprising to see Kamara limited in Wednesday's practice. He might cede a bit more work to Latavius Murray on Sunday, but Kamara is right back to RB1 status.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's expected to return for this weekend's game against the Falcons, but it'd be nice to see him get in a full workout on Thursday and/or Friday.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals. He’s expected to return following New Orleans’ Week 9 bye. Latavius Murray will again operate as the Saints’ feature back today. He turned 32 touches into 150 yards and 2 TDs last week.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) won't play against the Cardinals today. Kamara is expected back after New Orleans' Week 9 bye, Schefter adds. Latavius Murray gets another game as the feature back after racking up 150 yards and 2 TDs on 32 touches last week.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Cardinals. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. It’d make a lot of sense for New Orleans to hold Kamara out of this one with a looming Week 9 bye, but it looks like there’s at least a shot he returns on Sunday. We’ll continue to look for updates on Kamara and will get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday. Latavius Murray will be a RB1 if Kamara ends up inactive.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to play against the Cardinals this weekend, although it'd still make a ton of sense for New Orleans to hold him out of that one before the Week 9 bye. We'll get another update on Kamara tomorrow.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. With a bye coming next week, it'd make sense for New Orleans to hold Kamara out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals. His absence would make Latavius Murray a RB1.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bears after missing practice all week. He tried to battle through the ankle injury last weekend and ended up tweaking his knee. We’ll see if Kamara can make it back for Week 8, but note that New Orleans has a Week 9 bye. RB Latavius Murray will step in as the lead back on Sunday. It’s not an ideal matchup, but he should be looking at 15-20 total touches, making him a RB2 for the week.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday. He could probably play this weekend without practicing, but we won't be surprised if the team opts to hold him out of the game in Chicago. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) didn't practice on Wednesday. He entered last weekend's game with an ankle injury and tweaked his knee during the win over the Jaguars. Kamara probably could play against the Bears on Sunday -- but New Orleans might opt to let him heal up. We'll get another update tomorrow. RB Latavius Murray should be owned in all leagues and would be a RB2 for Week 7 if Kamara doesn't play.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara is dealing with a "high ankle-type issue," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Kamara originally hurt his ankle in practice last Thursday. He played against the Jaguars on Sunday but posted seasons lows in snap rate (59%) and carries (11). Per Pelissero, Kamara will be limited in practice this week but "still thinks he has a shot to play" against the Bears on Sunday. It might make more sense to just take a week off and get that ankle back to 100%. We'll obviously keep a close eye on this throughout the week, but RB Latavius Murray needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Saints HC Sean Payton revealed after Sunday's win over the Jaguars that RB Alvin Kamara "tweaked his knee" in addition to the "swollen ankle" that made him questionable for the game. Saints Wire reports that Payton "doesn't appear worried" about Kamara's status for Week 7, but the RB did play a season-low 59% of the snaps against Jacksonville. We'll watch his status leading up to Sunday's game at Chicago.
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