Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (28) celebrates his touchdown with running back Alvin Kamara (41) in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncosat Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Saints RBs ruled out as close contacts

Several New Orleans Saints running backs have reportedly been ruled out for Sunday’s game as close contacts of starter Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

According to multiple reports, backups Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington, fullback Michael Burton and running backs coach Joel Thomas will not be available when the Saints (11-4) close out the regular season against the Carolina Panthers (5-10) in Charlotte, N.C.

None of the other running backs tested positive and they are expected to return next week, per the reports.

Wide receiver/running back Ty Montgomery will now likely see the majority of the carries on Sunday. New Orleans is also expected to call up rookie Tony Jones Jr. from the practice squad. Versatile quarterback Taysom Hill is another option in the backfield.

In addition to Kamara, the team’s leading rusher (932 yards) and receiver (756), the short-handed Saints were already missing injured wide receivers Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith and Deonte Harris.

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