Saints dealing with numerous injuries on TNF

Nov 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive guard Senio Kelemete (65) walks onto the field during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams defeated the Saints 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The New Orleans Saints saw multiple players go down with injuries in the first half of Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, with the most notable departure being that of rookie running back Alvin Kamara.

Kamara left the game after suffering a head injury, and it was announced at halftime that he had been diagnosed with a concussion and would not return. Also ruled out for the remainder of Thursday’s game with a concussion was offensive lineman Senio Kelemete.

Linebacker A.J. Klein (groin), defensive lineman Trey Hendrickson (ankle) and safety Kenny Vaccaro (groin) were all listed as questionable to return in the second half.

Kelemete, a fifth-year pro out of Washington, has started six of the 13 games in which he’s played this season. Kelemete left Thursday’s game with just under two minutes remaining in the second quarter, with team trainers taking him to the locker room. With Andrus Peat already out due to a groin injury, Kelemete’s injury further depleted the Saints offensive line depth.

With Klein, Hendrickson and Vaccaro all banged up to varying degrees, the Saints could potentially have some holes to fill on defense as well. Klein has started all 12 games he’s played in this season, tallying 54 combined tackles, two sacks and four passes defensed. A rookie out of Florida Atlantic, Hendrickson entered Thursday with 12 combined tackles and two sacks on the season.

Vaccaro is the most experienced of the three defensive players dealing with injuries, as this is his fifth season in the NFL. Vaccaro had 47 combined tackles and three interceptions to his credit this season entering Thursday.

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