Saints backup running backs out Sunday as close contacts with Alvin Kamara

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The Saints are running out of running backs for Sunday’s regular-season finale.

Everyone who was in the running backs room this week has been declared a close contact with Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. That means running back Latavius Murray, running back Dwayne Washington and fullback Mike Burton are prohibited from playing tomorrow against the Panthers. At least one position coach has also been ruled out.

Ty Montgomery, who sometimes plays running back and sometimes receiver, was apparently in the receivers’ room when everyone else was classified as a close contact, because he is going to play tomorrow, according to Glazer. Practice squad running back Tony Jones is also expected to be available.

Taysom Hill will presumably get plenty of reps at running back as well.

The Saints are still in contention for the No. 1 seed and a bye week in the NFC playoffs, which would help them greatly as they hope to get Kamara and his backups back for the start of the postseason. But the Saints can’t earn the bye week if they lose tomorrow, and this news makes winning tomorrow harder.

25 responses to “Saints backup running backs out Sunday as close contacts with Alvin Kamara

  1. So Drew Brees doesn’t practice with the running backs? Figures. The NFL will always protect their cash cows.

  2. Are you suggesting the Saints get preferential treatment from the NFL, because if you are you’re not paying attention at all. For the last two years, game after game, the Saints have been top 2 most penalized teams (not including presnap penalties) while their opponents, the week they play the Saints, are the least penalized. Don’t believe me? Look for yourself.

  3. No doubt that Roger has already positioned the Saints to play next Saturday to ensure Kamara doesn’t play.

  4. mlhigh77 says:
    January 2, 2021 at 11:57 am

    So Drew Brees doesn’t practice with the running backs? Figures. The NFL will always protect their cash cows.
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    He does, but is not INDOORS in CLOSE proximity to them in meeting rooms.

    Remember, it was was not the outdoor or large facility interaction that knocked out the Broncos QBs, it was their meeting room contact – without masks.

  5. If it wasn’t obvious when the Broncos lost all of their QBs or the Browns lost all of their WRs. Teams that want to win in the playoffs need to go to all zoom meetings. These position group meeting rooms are going to knock someone out of the playoffs and it will be their own fault

  6. Honestly, the who contact tracing deal seems suspect. Sometimes, there’s no contact traces or a couple backups. Other times, it’s an entire position group. It’s just another category the NFL seems to lack consistency in. Needless to say, I’ll still be watch every game this Sunday. Go Pack Go

  7. brettbabz says:
    January 2, 2021 at 12:19 pm
    No doubt that Roger has already positioned the Saints to play next Saturday to ensure Kamara doesn’t play.
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    Well Saints got a free W vs the QB-less Broncos, so no room to complain here.

  8. So Drew Brees doesn’t practice with the running backs? Figures. The NFL will always protect their cash cows.
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    He does, but is not INDOORS in CLOSE proximity to them in meeting rooms.

    Remember, it was was not the outdoor or large facility interaction that knocked out the Broncos QBs, it was their meeting room contact – without masks.
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    Sure, I get that. The Broncos qbs were stupid and wreckers and deserved their fate.

    The point I am trying to inquire about here, and I am not being mean spirited against Drew, how can he practice with a position group, always within 6 feet of each other, touching each other, touching the same ball, and yet be cleared when the rbs aren’t? It seems to be an inconsistent and biased application of the protocols.
     

  9. If Taysom Hill was to turn up positive that would likely knock out the quarterbacks, recievers, and special teams. Scary thought.

  10. The NFL is a Joke, not about the integrity of the wins or peoples safety it’s all about the money

  11. Three screwed up calls last week in the Packer game, all benefitting the Packers, if the Packers got hosed like that we would never here the end of it lol

  12. brees4mvp says:
    January 2, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Are you suggesting the Saints get preferential treatment from the NFL, because if you are you’re not paying attention at all. For the last two years, game after game, the Saints have been top 2 most penalized teams (not including presnap penalties) while their opponents, the week they play the Saints, are the least penalized. Don’t believe me? Look for yourself.

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    So the 2018 game against the Steelers, where the Saints were gifted 21 points by the officials to “win” by three, was just an outlier?

  13. LOL. Trace contacting doesn’t care if you are indoors or outside. That’s why there is this protocol called social distancing, which is impossible for the NFL to adhere to. It looks like Covid will win the playoffs. Very sad.

  14. Contact tracing (not trace contacting) depends on being within 6ft of an infected person for 15 minutes. That is why meeting rooms are causing problems. Last time I watched an NFL handoff from a QB to a running back it didn’t take 15 minutes to unfold.

  15. Everytime I read comments on here someone is posting, The NFL sucks. Or claiming they are out to get this team or that team. Are you even football fans? I can promise you if the NFL was fixing games the Cowboys would be in the super bowl every year. And we know that’s not the case. I am amazed at how well they have navigated the covid situation. I would have bet anything they would not make it through the year, or if they did the super bowl would have ended up in March. We have enough phony conspiracy theories being thrown around in the real world, cant you just enjoy the great game of football?

  16. Did Kamara get covid from all the close contact with our Viking defenders as he was plowing through them??

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