Sep 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Malcolm Brown (34) runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Saints sign RB Malcolm Brown, two others

The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with running back Malcolm Brown on Tuesday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the Saints.

Brown joins Mark Ingram, and others, as insurance with the NFL reportedly still monitoring Alvin Kamara’s legal situation stemming from his February arrest on battery charges in Las Vegas.

Kamara, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has an Aug. 1 court date and potentially could be suspended by the league under the personal conduct policy.

The Saints also announced that safety Tyrann Mathieu has been excused from the beginning of training camp to handle a personal family matter. The club did not provide details.

Also on Tuesday, the Saints agreed to terms with center Nick Martin and defensive end Scott Patchan, and waived cornerback Jordan Miller, offensive lineman Derek Schweiger and punter Daniel Whelan.

Brown, 29, had 33 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown in seven games last season with the Miami Dolphins. He has totaled 331 rushes for 1,313 yards and 12 scores in 77 career games with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and Dolphins.

Martin, 29, has started 62 of his 79 games played with the Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders.

Patchan was signed by the Indianapolis Colts following the 2022 NFL Draft. He was waived on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II (14) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints RB Mark Ingram (knee) also out vs. Bills

The New Orleans Saints will be without their top two running backs Thursday night as Mark Ingram also has been ruled out of the Thanksgiving game against the Buffalo Bills.

Saints coach Sean Payton told Fox Sports earlier Thursday that Ingram will join Alvin Kamara on the sidelines with a knee injury. Ingram, who had been listed as questionable for the game, was limited in practice Wednesday.

The Saints (5-5) are expected to feature a backfield of Tony Jones and Ty Montgomery against the Bills (6-4).

It will be Kamara’s third straight missed game with a knee injury.

Kamara initially was hurt during a loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 7. He has 530 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to go with 32 receptions for 310 yards and four scores through the air in eight games.

Ingram rushed for a season-best 88 yards on 16 carries in last week’s 40-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 205 yards and one touchdown on 45 carries and also has caught 17 passes for 132 yards in four games since joining the Saints.

Jones has 79 yards rushing in five games this season. Montgomery has just 13 yards rushing and 54 receiving yards.

New Orleans also ruled out offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (knee) and defensive ends Marcus Davenport (shoulder) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle).

Offensive tackle Terron Armstead (knee, shoulder) is questionable.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints rule out RB Alvin Kamara (knee) vs. Titans

New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the host Tennessee Titans.

Kamara did not practice all week while dealing with what’s reported to be a mild knee sprain.

The 26-year-old leads New Orleans (5-3 ) with 530 rushing yards, 32 receptions and seven total touchdowns.

Kamara’s absence likely pushes Mark Ingram into the starter’s role. The former Saint rejoined the team via a trade with the Houston Texans last month. In two games complementing Kamara in the Saints’ offense, Ingram has 15 carries for 70 yards and seven catches for 46.

The Saints are already down starting quarterback Jameis Winston (knee) and No. 1 receiver Michael Thomas, the latter of whom is missing the entire season while recovering from ankle surgery.

The Saints also ruled out safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (foot) and tackle Terron Armstead (knee, shoulder). On the opposite sideline, the Titans will be without safety Dane Cruikshank (knee), linebacker David Long (hamstring) and cornerback Greg Mabin (ankle).

Titans receiver Julio Jones is questionable with a hamstring issue. He was not on Wednesday’s injury report, but was a limited participant Thursday before sitting out Friday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Alvin Kamara remains out at practice

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was not spotted on the practice field during the portion open to the media on Thursday.

Kamara also missed practice on Wednesday, three days after sustaining a knee injury during New Orleans’ 27-25 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Recent acquisition Mark Ingram would be in line for additional playing time should Kamara sit out Sunday’s road game against the Tennessee Titans.

Kamara, 26, leads the team in carries (146) and rushing yards (530). His three rushing touchdowns are tied for the team lead with Taysom Hill.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Kamara also leads the club in receptions (32) and is second in receiving yards (310). His four touchdown receptions are tied for the team lead with Marquez Callaway.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman (31) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Agent: Devonta Freeman agrees to deal with Saints

Running back Devonta Freeman agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, his agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Saturday.

The decision came quickly after Freeman and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon worked out for the club earlier in the day.

Freeman, 29, was a college teammate of Saints quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State.

The Saints’ backfield is led by four-time Pro Bowl selection Alvin Kamara, who set career highs in rushing yards (932), receptions (83), all-purpose yards (1,688) and total touchdowns (21) in 2020.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Freeman was signed by the New York Giants in 2020 after a season-ending injury to Saquon Barkley in Week 1. He played in just five games because of hamstring and ankle injuries and COVID-19 before being released in January.

Freeman was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad during the playoffs. He did not play in a game.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Freeman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 77 games with the Falcons, he gained 3,972 yards and scored 32 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas to play vs. Bears

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas are available for Sunday’s NFC wild-card game against the visiting Chicago Bears.

Kamara was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday while Thomas returned after being placed on injured reserve to allow his high ankle sprain to heal.

Returner Deonte Harris (neck) also is expected to be on the field after returning from injured reserve for New Orleans.

The Saints’ inactives included defensive end Trey Hendrickson, cornerback Ken Crawley, offensive lineman Derrick Kelly, wide receivers Austin Carr and Juwan Johnson, defensive lineman Malcolm Roach and running back Ty Montgomery.

The Bears’ inactives included linebackers Roquan Smith and Trevis Gipson, wide receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle), cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson and Buster Skrine, offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons and nose tackle Daniel McCullers.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints activate RB Alvin Kamara, WR Michael Thomas

The New Orleans Saints activated running Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas, the team announced Saturday.

Both stars are expected to play in the Saints’ NFC wild-card game against the visiting Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Kamara, 25, sat out New Orleans’ 33-7 romp over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19 in the previous week. He tied an NFL record with six touchdowns in a 52-33 victory over Minnesota on Christmas Day.

Kamara has recorded career-high totals in rushing yards (932), rushing touchdowns (16) and receptions (83) this season. He also has 756 receiving yards and five receiving scores.

Thomas is returning after being placed on injured reserve to allow his high ankle sprain to heal. The ankle has been problematic since midseason for Thomas, a 2019 All-Pro who had 149 receptions a year ago.

Thomas has 40 receptions in seven games in 2020.

Also on Saturday, the Saints activated wide receiver/returner Deonte Harris (neck) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring) from injured reserve. They also elevated linebacker Chase Hansen and receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the active roster from the practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) is defended by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney (20) in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Kamara fined $5K for wearing Christmas-themed cleats

New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing red and green cleats during the Saints’ Christmas Day win.

Though the league allowed Kamara to wear the cleats for the duration of the game, he was fined for non-conforming footwear.

Kamara made history in the cleats, becoming the first player to score six touchdowns in a game since Gale Sayers did it for the Chicago Bears in 1965. He anticipated the penalty.

“Oh, they’re probably going to fine me,” Kamara said after the Saints’ 52-33 win over Minnesota. “If they fine me, whatever it is, I’ll just match it and donate it to charity. You know that the Grinch always tries to steal Christmas.”

–Field Level Media