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Saints star running back Alvin Kamara earns a Pro Bowl nod

Alvin Kamara, Saints

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara became the 11th member of the team to be named to the Pro Bowl on Thursday, taking the spot of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk).

The Saints have added an 11th player to the Pro Bowl, increasing the franchise record.

Running back Alvin Kamara will join teammates Michael Thomas, Cameron JordanMarshon LattimoreDeonte HarrisWil LutzDrew BreesTerron ArmsteadJared CookAndrus Peat and Larry Warford. Cook, Peat and Warford also were injury replacements.

The NFL announced the addition of Kamara to the NFC team Thursday.

Kamara will replace Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, according to Amie Just of The Times-Picayune.

Just reported McCaffrey–despite previously indicating he would play–will not be partaking in the Pro Bowl due to injury, opening up a place in the NFC backfield.

Kamara had a far different season than his first two years in the league. He dealt with a series of injuries which also forced him to miss two games, and he also had to play alongside a backup quarterback when Drew Brees suffered a broken thumb in September.

Still, the 24-year-old finished with 1,330 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns. He also had 81 receptions, second only to the record-breaking Michael Thomas.

Kamara has now made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons in the league. His production in the running and passing games were a large reason for New Orleans’ decision not to re-sign Mark Ingram this past Spring, and Kamara will continue to be a franchise centerpiece as the Saints mull over Brees’ future in New Orleans.