It appears the Saints will begin their 2022 season without Alvin Kamara, who, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBC Sports, faces a minimum six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Kamara was arrested for his role in a nightclub altercation while attending the Pro Bowl in February. Las Vegas police charged the running back with felony “battery resulting in substantial bodily harm,” which he’ll contest at a court appearance later this summer.
Kamara has made the Pro Bowl in each of his five NFL seasons, leading the league with 21 total touchdowns (six of them coming on Christmas Day) in 2020. Assuming the suspension stands—Kamara will likely file an appeal to see if he can get it reduced—New Orleans will turn to a backfield committee comprised of veteran Mark Ingram, Tony Jones and Dwayne Washington. Undrafted rookie Abram Smith would also stand to benefit from Kamara’s absence. At the very least, it would improve his chances of making the team out of training camp.
Kamara saw his largest rushing workload last season, handling 240 carries for 898 yards and four touchdowns on the ground along with 47 catches for an additional 439 yards and five touchdowns. He turns 27 next month.