The New Orleans Saints are looking to go all-in as they head to their Wild Card round matchup against the Chicago Bears. The team will be welcoming back ball-carrier Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas on their lineup in time for Sunday's all-important game, per NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport.
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Kamara has been previously placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. His recent contraction also jeopardized the rest of the Saints' running back group who were all tagged as close contacts. Due to the situation, Kamara along with his fellow running backs all sat out in their Week 17 tilt against the Carolina Panthers.
The four-time Pro Bowler was then mandated to self-isolate for 10 days and needed to have a negative test result before being allowed to rejoin the team. Another key player who failed to suit up in their final regular-season game was wide receiver Michael Thomas who has journeyed through an injury-riddled campaign. He previously dealt with a high-ankle sprain but is now set to make his return on the field.
Head coach Sean Payton has encountered a bevy of injuries to his players all throughout the season but still managed to lead the team to a 12-4 record. They are expected to have a better performance in the postseason with all the team's weapons now looking to deal damage on the field.
The NFC South divisional champions will aim to take advantage of their full strength as they aim to eliminate the Bears and advance to the next round on Sunday.