Great news for the New Orleans Saints as the expected return of Alvin Kamara continues on track. That, in addition to Taysom Hill’s health put the Saints in a good position as they look to end their losing streak this weekend against the New York Jets. But the good news doesn’t stop there.
Elijah Moore did not practice again and is listed as questionable. Worth noting: No player on the #Jets has played this season after missing all three practices during the week. pic.twitter.com/okFEf28zza— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 10, 2021
For a team that has had so much injury news this season, it’s nice to see some positive takeaways from this week’s injury report. The long-awaited return of Alvin Kamara looks to be on the horizon. Better news, it doesn’t seem like the Saints plan to put him on any kind of pitch count.
“[Alvin Kamara] was close last week.” Sean Payton told New Orleans media on Friday. “He was real close... And he’s full this week.”
He spoke similarly of QB Taysom Hill. Concerns around Hill’s throwing ability with a finger injury on his throwing hand have understandably been raised. But Payton seems confident in his ability to throw this week. Despite that confidence, it’s still worth expecting a heavy dose of the run game on Sunday against the Jet’s 30th ranked run defense relative to yardage and 30th ranked DVOA vs. the rush.
Along with Kamara, it looks like the Saints may be able to get starting left tackle Terron Armstead back this week as well. He was limited in practice all week, but carries no injury designation on Friday. No injury designation usually signifies that the player in question is expected to appear in the game.
Same story goes for defensive end Marcus Davenport. The Saints’ defense could use a boost on the defensive line with veteran edge defender Cameron Jordan currently on the COVID-19/Reserve list.
As for those carrying injury designations - the Saints will be without starting right tackle Ryan Ramczyk for the fourth consecutive game and linebackers Pete Werner and Kaden Elliss will also miss Sunday’s game. WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey is questionable to appear on Sunday, adding to the list of an already thinning unit.
To help with the dwindling numbers at receiver, the Saints signed WR Kenny Stills back to the active roster and may be looking to elevate practice squad player Easop Winston. Winston may also be able to contribute in the return game as well.
When one gets suspended, one gets hurt and one goes on the COVID list in the same week, that’s kind of where you end up https://t.co/njfUzNjdMh— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) December 10, 2021
And finally, the Saints will hopefully be able to get star defender C.J. Gardner-Johnson back as well, who would provide a valuable level of intensity. He can also help to alleviate the losses within the linebacker group for this game as someone that can play sideline to sideline, defend the run, cover, and rush the passer.
Lots of good signs for the New Orleans Saints today who will be looking for more good news by the weekend’s end.
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