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Saints RB Alvin Kamara passed a locker-room concussion evaluation

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During the New Orleans Saints’ 13-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night, star running back Alvin Kamara took a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Jaylon Smith.

Beyond the play not receiving a flag, Kamara had gotten up from the field a little dazed from the blow while no talk of a possible concussion had been mentioned. With that in mind, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that Kamara went through a concussion evaluation that he passed.

According to the NFL, Kamara had a concussion evaluation, both in the sideline tent and later in the locker room. Obviously, Kamara was cleared to return.

This clears up things a bit as Kamara looked a bit out of it as he initially attempted to get up from the field. He had received a huge hit to the head that could have caused more damage, as it was direct contact with both helmets. Smith led with the crown of his helmet on the play.

All of that makes it surprising that no penalty was called for the hit.

Kamara was able to remain in the game, rushing for 36 yards on 11 attempts along with making eight catches for 36 receiving yards. The fact that he didn’t miss any playing time on the Saints’ next drive that came later in the quarter shows that he had quickly shown that he had no ill effects from the hit. In fact, he was shown using some smelling salts.

Nonetheless, it is something that the Saints will continue to monitor over their extended time before their next game in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.