Dec 31, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA;New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41)  stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Alvin Kamara (ankle) game-time decision vs. Falcons

The New Orleans Saints listed running back Alvin Kamara as questionable for the regular-season finale against the Atlanta Falcons, with coach Dennis Allen calling his availability a game-time decision.

Kamara did not practice all week after suffering a sprained ankle last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“He’s one of those guys that is so valuable to our team that we’re going to go all the way up to game time to see where he’s at,” Allen said of the five-time Pro Bowl selection. “He’s made improvement throughout the week and we’ll just wait until game time to make a decision on that.”

The Saints are in the running for the NFC South title; they must beat Atlanta and have Tampa Bay lose to or tie with Carolina. The Saints can also make it as a wild card with some external help.

Kamara has totaled 1,160 yards from scrimmage (694 rushing, 466 receiving) and scored six touchdowns this season across 13 games (12 starts). He has caught 75 passes on 86 targets; his career high for a season is 83 receptions in 2020.

New Orleans ruled out tackle Landon Young (knee) and safety Lonnie Johnson (knee) against Atlanta. Joining Kamara as questionable are running back Kendre Miller (ankle, illness), wide receiver A.T. Perry (illness), tight end Juwan Johnson (chest), defensive end Payton Turner (toe), defensive tackle Khalen Saunders (concussion) and safety J.T. Gray (illness).

The Falcons have deemed quarterback Taylor Heinicke questionable due to an ankle injury. He was limited each day in practice, and Desmond Ridder would start if Heinicke cannot.

Cornerback Mike Hughes (concussion) and defensive end Zach Harrison (knee) are also questionable, while center Drew Dalman (ankle), linebacker Troy Andersen (pectoral) and safety DeMarcco Hellams (concussion) were ruled out.

–Field Level Media

Aug 11, 2023; Metairie, LA, USA;  New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) looks on during training camp at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Alvin Kamara returns from suspension

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara’s three-game NFL suspension ended on Monday.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection is eligible to rejoin the Saints (2-1), who are anxiously awaiting word on quarterback Derek Carr’s shoulder injury.

The league suspended Kamara, 28, on Aug. 4 for his involvement in a February 2022 fight in Las Vegas that left a man injured. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 30 hours of community service and required to pay more than $100,000 to the victim for medical bills.

New Orleans suffered its first loss Sunday, squandering a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead at Lambeau Field in an 18-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Kamara has rushed for 5,135 yards and 49 touchdowns and caught 430 passes for 3,753 yards and 22 scores in 88 games (58 starts) since the Saints drafted him in the third round in 2017.

In his absence, versatile quarterback Taysom Hill leads the Saints with 91 rushing yards on 16 carries through three games.

Carr left in the third quarter on Sunday after his right (passing) shoulder hit the turf and was transported to a Green Bay hospital. According to multiple reports, the initial diagnosis was an AC sprain.

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Jul 31, 2023; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) during training camp at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Alvin Kamara meeting commish Wednesday

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is in New York on Wednesday to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Kamara has said he anticipates receiving a suspension for his role in a February 2022 fight in Las Vegas that recently culminated in his pleading to a misdemeanor.

Kamara had been charged with a felony in the case in which a man was beaten on the eve of the Pro Bowl. He was sentenced to community service and will have to pay $100,000 to the victim for medical bills. Kamara also reached a civil settlement with the victim, Darnell Greene Jr., which included a public apology.

But now he has to plead his case with Goodell in a meeting Kamara requested.

“I think Alvin really wants to get out ahead of this and have a chance to visit with Roger and kind of give him his side of the story,” Saints coach Dennis Allen said Monday. “And look, at the end of the day, I think part of it is, ‘Let’s get some resolution with where we’re at and move forward.’ I think Alvin is looking forward to putting this behind him and focusing in on what he has to do to be the best he can for our team this season.”

The incident occurred at Drai’s After Hours nightclub, located in the basement of the Cromwell Hotel.

Kamara, 27, appeared in 15 games (13 starts) and ran for 897 yards and two touchdowns in 2022. The five-time Pro Bowl selection added 57 catches for 490 yards and two TDs.

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Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) throws the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Saints QB Jameis Winston, WR Michael Thomas miss practice again

For the second straight day, New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Michael Thomas were unable to practice Thursday.

Their statuses do not bode well for the two starters playing in Sunday’s Week 5 game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

Both Winston (back, ankle) and Thomas (foot) missed the Saints’ Week 4 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London with their respective injuries. Winston was reportedly playing through four fractured vertebrae before being sidelined.

Andy Dalton would be in line to start at quarterback again should Winston be unable to go against Seattle.

Offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton (hip), defensive end Payton Turner (chest) and cornerback P.J. Williams (quadricep) were also non-participants in practice for the second consecutive day.

Running back Alvin Kamara (rib), who was inactive for the Week 4 game in London, was listed as a limited participant for the second day in a row.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (rib) inactive in London

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was inactive for Sunday’s game in London.

New Orleans was without quarterback Jameis Winston due to a back injury, but Kamara (ribs) was expected to play at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium showcase against the Minnesota Vikings.

After missing Week 2 with the same injury, Kamara played last week and had 15 carries for 61 yards against the Carolina Panthers.

Mark Ingram, who entered the game with 19 carries for 98 yards this season, was in line for more work against the Vikings.

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Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) and running back Alvin Kamara (41) return to the sideline during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara active vs. Panthers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and star running back Alvin Kamara are active for Sunday’s game against the host Carolina Panthers.

Winston (back, ankle) and Kamara (rib) were listed as questionable for the game after being limited participants in practice all week.

Winston, in his third season with the Saints and his second as their starting quarterback, has played in both games thus far but hurt his back in New Orleans’ 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener. His ankle injury was added to the injury report Wednesday.

Kamara, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, sat out last Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after recording nine carries for 39 yards against the Falcons.

Cornerback Paulson Adebo (ankle) also is active and will make his season debut against the Panthers. He was listed as questionable to play on Friday.

Versatile jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill (rib), safety Marcus Maye (rib), running back Tony Jones Jr., guard Wyatt Davis and wide receiver Deonte Harty were listed as inactive for Sunday’s game.

Cornerback Alontae Taylor (knee) was listed as out for the game after missing practice on Friday.

On the inactive list for the Panthers are wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., running back Raheem Blackshear, linebacker Arron Mosby, offensive lineman Cade Mays, defensive tackle Phil Hoskins and defensive end Amare Barno.

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Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) hands off the ball to running back Alvin Kamara (41) against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara questionable vs. Panthers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and star running back Alvin Kamara are listed as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the host Carolina Panthers.

Winston (back, ankle) and Kamara (rib) were limited participants in practice all week.

Kamara, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, sat out last Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after recording nine carries for 39 yards in New Orleans’ 27-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener.

Winston, in his third season with the Saints and his second as their starting quarterback, has played in both games thus far but hurt his back in the season opener. His ankle injury was added to the injury report Wednesday.

Cornerback Paulson Adebo (ankle) is questionable to make his season debut against the Panthers.

Versatile jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill (rib), right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (elbow) and safety Marcus Maye (rib) also were listed as questionable after recording limited practices throughout the week.

Cornerback Alontae Taylor (knee) was listed as out for the game after missing practice on Friday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Alvin Kamara out, Bucs RB Leonard Fournette in

Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette plans to play in Sunday’s game against the Saints, but New Orleans is not planning to have top back Alvin Kamara for the Week 2 matchup.

New Orleans anticipates injured quarterback Jameis Winston (back) and backup running back Mark Ingram (ankle) to be on the field when the Saints host Tampa Bay.

Kamara is dealing with a rib injury and was questionable all week.

Fournette (hamstring), who rushed for 127 yards in Week 1, and wide receiver Mike Evans (calf) are both expected to play, but ESPN and NFL Network reported Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith (elbow) is out.

Pregame workouts are likely to determine whether Bucs wide receiver Julio Jones (knee) is given the green light.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2022; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs during training camp at Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints RB Alvin Kamara could play Week 1

While the NFL weighs possible discipline related to assault charges, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara could be available for the regular-season opener.

According to ESPN, the league has “no immediate timetable” for a ruling on any potential suspension or discipline of Kamara, leaving open the possibility he will be on the field Sept. 11 against the host Atlanta Falcons.

Reports in June surfaced that Kamara was expected to be suspended up to six games for off-field conduct violations.

Kamara, 27, was arrested on felony battery charges after a Feb. 5 incident at a Las Vegas nightclub during the NFL’s Pro Bowl weekend.

According to police, video evidence shows Kamara punching a man eight times. The alleged victim was knocked unconscious and sustained an orbital fracture to his right eye, police said. After the man fell, he was allegedly stomped on by others in Kamara’s group.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons also was arrested on battery charges related to the incident.

Kamara played in the Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas the day after his arrest.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Kamara has rushed for 4,238 yards and 47 touchdowns and caught 373 passes for 3,263 yards and 20 scores in 73 games (45 starts) with the Saints since 2017.

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Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; NFC running back Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball against the AFC during the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL still reviewing Alvin Kamara incident

The NFL is still monitoring Alvin Kamara’s legal situation stemming from his February arrest on battery charges in Las Vegas, ESPN reported Saturday.

The New Orleans Saints running back has an Aug. 1 court date and potentially could be suspended by the league under the personal conduct policy.

Sources told ESPN that there is no firm timeline on a disciplinary decision by the NFL, meaning Kamara could be available for the Sept. 11 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons unless he is placed on paid leave via the commissioner’s exempt list.

Kamara, who turns 27 on Monday, was arrested on felony battery charges after a Feb. 5 incident at a Las Vegas nightclub during the NFL’s Pro Bowl weekend.

According to police, video evidence shows Kamara punching a man eight times. The alleged victim was knocked unconscious and sustained an orbital fracture to his right eye, police said. After the man fell, he was allegedly stomped on by others in Kamara’s group.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons was also arrested on battery charges.

Kamara played in the Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas the day after the incident.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Kamara has rushed for 4,238 yards and 47 touchdowns and caught 373 passes for 3,263 yards and 20 scores in 73 games (45 starts) with the Saints since 2017.

–Field Level Media