When the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons this weekend they should be at full strength. Sean Payton revealed on Thursday that Alvin Kamara is on pace to return this Sunday.
Kamara suffered an ankle injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars a few weeks ago. The Saints decided to hold him until after the bye week, which resulted in him missing two games.
During Kamara’s absence, Latavius Murray stepped up in a major way. He averaged over 100 rushing yards per game and totaled four touchdowns as the starting running back.
Murray has earned a prominent role in New Orleans’ offense, but it sounds like he’ll have to share the workload with Kamara.
Payton told the media that Kamara should be on the field this weekend, saying “I fully expect him to be ready to play, and I thought he looked really good yesterday.”
This is encouraging news for the Saints, especially since Kamara was listed as a limited participant during practice on Wednesday.
Sean Payton on Saints RB Alvin Kamara: "I fully expect him to be ready to play, and I thought he looked really good yesterday (in practice)."
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) November 7, 2019
New Orleans should also have Jared Cook and Tre’Quan Smith back in the lineup. They missed the past few weeks with ankle injuries as well.
Despite dealing with a plethora of injuries on offense this season, the Saints remain in contention for the top seed in the NFC.
With most of their stars back in action for the second half of the season, it’s possible that New Orleans goes on yet another playoff run.