NFC South Notes: Kamara, Bucs, Falcons

Alvin Kamara missed practice on Thursday and Friday and is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow’s matchup against the Jaguars, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter). The running back has been dealing with an ankle ailment, and coach Sean Payton wouldn’t elaborate when asked if the injury was suffered during practice this week.

Losing Kamara would obviously be a huge hit for the Saints offense, and that’d be true even if Drew Brees was under center. In five games this season, the 24-year-old has compiled 342 rushing yards, 241 receiving yards, and a pair of touchdowns. Kamara has only missed a single game during his three-year career.

If Kamara is forced to sit out, that’d surely mean more snaps for Latavius Murray. Dwayne Washington could also be in line for a bigger role in the Saints offense.

Let’s check out some more notes out of the NFC South:

  • The Buccaneers let go of linebacker Deone Bucannon earlier this week, and that could be good news for their compensatory pick outlook. ESPN’s Adam Schefter points out (on Twitter) that Tampa Bay has now lost more free agents than they’ve signed (five players vs. four players), meaning they’ll now be in line to earn a 2020 third-round compensatory pick thanks to linebacker Kwon Alexander signing with the 49ers.
  • The Buccaneers are set to take on the Panthers in London tomorrow, but many of the team’s offensive linemen won’t be traveling with the squad. ESPN’s Jenna Laine points out that offensive guard Zack Bailey won’t be traveling to London. The rookie suffered a foot and ankle injury earlier this week. Offensive lineman Alex Cappa, offensive tackle Demar Dotson, linebacker Jack Cichy, and wideout Breshad Perriman have also been ruled out.
  • Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant has been ruled out for tomorrow’s game against the Cardinals. This is another tough break for a 1-4 Falcons team, as the defensive back has compiled five tackles, four passes defended, and a pair of picks this season. Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson and punter Matt Wile have also been ruled out.
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