Latest On Saints RB Alvin Kamara

The Saints have made a number of changes on offense this offseason, but much of the unit’s success will still depend on running back Alvin Kamara. His availability for the 2022 campaign has been in doubt dating back to February, but there is a chance he suits up for the full season. 

Kamara was charged with felony battery for his involvement in an altercation which took place during Pro Bowl weekend. As a result, he has been expected to face a six-game suspension, which would be in line with the NFL’s personal conduct policy. A ban of that length would mark the longest absence of the 27-year-old’s career.

Not long after his arrest, it was reported that Kamara is also facing a civil suit from the incident’s victim, Darnell Greene. With court proceedings representing a potential significant delay in the league’s disciplinary process, though, the chance has existed that Kamara be eligible to play in Week 1. Since the league is strictly “monitoring” the legal process at this point, those chances are growing by the day.

Indeed, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that “it looks more and more unlikely” that a suspension will be handed down at least in time for the start of the regular season (video link). The possibility of a significant ban hanging over him could complicate the Saints’ RB room, which also includes Mark IngramDwayne WashingtonTony Jones Jr. and Devine Ozigbo. The team was understandably reported to be on the lookout for added depth in the event of losing Kamara, but they cut Malcolm Brown last week.

Since, as Schefter adds, Kamara “may be on the field for the majority if not all of this season,” this situation is likely to remain unclear for the rest of the summer, but it will remain a key storyline surrounding the Saints.

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