Saints’ COVID-19 outbreak: Alvin Kamara’s positive test leads to full RB room quarantine, DJ Swearinger absent

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There is evil, and then there is this. The #New #Orleans #Saints are heading to their regular season finale with hopes of edging out the #Green #Bay #Packers for the NFC seed, and that’s a big deal considering it comes with the home field advantage throughout the playoffs. #Head coach #Sean #Payton will have to do his best to get there without quadruple #Pro #Bowl running back #Alvin #Kamara, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been ruled out for #Week 17 (minimum, but more about that in a minute), but it’s not the worst for #New #Orleans – by far.

#Due to #Kamara’s positive test result, a whole list of running backs were also said to have been ruled out against the #Carolina #Panthers, according to #Jay #Glazer of #Fox #Sports, each having been tagged as a close contact to the #All-Pro. #This means the #Saints will not only be without #Kamara, but also #Latavius ​​##Murray, #Dwayne #Washington, #Mike #Burton, etc., as well as running backs coach #Joel #Thomas.

#Additionally, security DJ #Swearinger will also be banned, according to #Jeff #Duncan of #Athletic, which also worsens their situation in this position – #Marcus #Williams (ankle) and CJ #Gardner-Johnson (COVID / #Reserve) also sidelined.

#However, #Ty #Montgomery will be available for transfers, and the #Saints are also expected to promote a player from the 16-man practice squad. #Currently, the only real RB on the practice squad is #Tony #Jones, #Jr., an undrafted rookie from #Notre #Dame, and there’s always the wild card that is #Taysom #Hill – which #Payton often uses in packages that him. see roles other than strategist. #With #New #Orleans now in a similar predicament to the #Denver #Broncos and #Cleveland #Browns before them, with those teams playing without a quarterback and a slew of starting receivers, respectively, the ability to adapt will be in the center of a contest that will help determine the playoffs at the top of the NFC.

#As for the return of #Kamara (and others) for the first playoff game, that will depend on the schedule. #If their first competition was scheduled for #Sunday, #January 10, enough time will have passed for him to be allowed to return – subject to further negative testing. #If the game is scheduled for #Saturday, #January 9, however, that puts its availability in jeopardy and, as such, could be the determining factor in the #Saints’ ability to start a playoff series.

#It’s a situation to keep both eyes on #New #Orleans, as COVID-19 puts the #Saints up against the wall to start the #New #Year.



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