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Saints’ Alvin Kamara questionable for Sunday vs. Jaguars

Alvin Kamara, Saints, Jaguars

On Thursday, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara practiced in a limited fashion with an ankle injury. On Friday, he missed practice completely, which earned him an official questionable designation on the team’s latest injury report. The Saints face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Kamara tweaked his ankle, it is not considered serious and his absence from Friday’s practice was purely precautionary. Nonetheless, the timing of the injury should mean he won’t handle a high workload on Sunday.

If Kamara is out, backup Latavius Murray will be the starting back. He should receive an uptick in snaps either way, however. The Saints poached Murray from the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. Through five games of 2019 play, the back has tallied 24 rushes for 94 yards and a touchdown, as well as six receptions for 32 yards. He was absent from Friday’s practice due to personal matters.

Kamara, a two-time Pro Bowler, is a force for the New Orleans offense. For the season, he has 75 rush attempts for 342 yards and a touchdown. He also has 26 receptions for 241 yards and a score. According to Pro Football Reference, the third-year back has broken 20 tackles in 2019 (compared to 21 in 2018) and has compiled 29 first downs from scrimmage.

In expected fashion, Saints quarterback Drew Brees (thumb) will not play on Sunday. Neither will wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) and defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck). New Orleans is 4-1 heading into the tilt in Jacksonville. Meanwhile, the Jaguars, led by rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew are 2-3.