New Orleans Saints short-sleeves ruled out reruns Alvin Kamara vs. Philadelphia Eagles

METAIRIE, La. – Run backwards Alvin Kamara was ruled out for the second week in a row with his knee injury because New Orleans Saints offense will be extremely short on Sunday at Philadelphia Eagles.

The Saints (5-4) also ruled out both of their standout attacks, Terron Armstead (knee/shoulder) and Ryan Ramczyk (knee) and backup RB/WR Ty Montgomery (fingers) after they skipped practice for a week.

Midfielder Taysom Hill (leg) was listed as problematic after a limited workout on Friday for the first time in an entire week. Kamara returned to training on Wednesdays for a limited time, but then he didn’t practice on Thursdays or Fridays.

Coach Sean Payton declined to share any injury details on Friday, so it’s not clear if Kamara is hit with a setback or if he’s just slowly making a comeback. Kamara was originally injured in the Saints’ Week 9 loss first Atlanta Falcons, but he played through it.

Payton described Kamara’s knee injury last week as one he is trying to get back to “as quickly as possible” after he experienced “aching pain” during the Atlanta loss.

Kamara will clearly be missed as he leads the Saints’ exhausted attack with 840 yards from the script, seven touchdowns and 32 receptions this season. The Saints will continue to rely heavily on veteran backup forces Mark Ingram II as they try to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2016. Ingram has 18 touchdowns for 108 yards and one touchdown in last Sunday’s loss at Tennessee Titans.

“Yes, I miss my guy. But he’s obviously trying to be as fit as possible to be able to compete,” Ingram said earlier this week. “But until then… I’ll keep it, we’ll all keep it for him.”

Veterans guard/handler James Hurst also has done a good job adding to Armstead as he’s been out injured this year – including last week in Tennessee. But it’s unclear where the Saints will choose to deploy Hurst on Sunday because they need two alternatives.

Rookies Landon Young and veterans Jordan Mills are also candidates to start at one processing point or another. The Saints also exclude the defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle) and defensive handling Malcolm Roach (knee).

And they released rookie kicker Brian Johnson on Friday after he missed two extra points in last week’s two-point loss at Tennessee and totaled three points in the past three games. The Saints have promoted the recently signed veteran striker Brett Maher from the training team to replace him.

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