Alvin Kamara taken to locker room following hit

Dec 3, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

[UPDATE]: Alvin Kamara has officially been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday’s game. 

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara left Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter after he was evaluated for a concussion on the sideline. The injury occurred on the first drive of the game on a helmet-to-helmet hit that was not flagged for a penalty.

Coming into the night, Kamara was leading the league in yards per carry at 7.0. A two-way threat in the New Orleans offensive assault, he has carried the ball 86 times for 606 yards and seven touchdowns, while also hauling in 60 receptions for 614 receiving yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Should Kamara miss the remainder of Thursday’s game against Atlanta, it would be the first time he has failed to find the end zone since Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers, having scored in six consecutive games.

The Saints were able to snag him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Tennessee, having entered the draft following his junior year. He opened the season in a three-way split between Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, with Kamara’s development allowing for flexibility when it came to Peterson, who was released.

After opening the season with 10 combined carries over the first three weeks, he has touched the ball on a double-digit number of occasions each of the last nine games.

Should he miss the remainder of Thursday’s game, his next chance to return to the field would come next Sunday when the team hosts the New York Jets. In his absence, look for Ingram to take on an increased role out of the backfield.

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