There is a big possibility that the New Orleans Saints will be back in full force as they face the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card round of the playoffs on Sunday, per NFL Network‘s Tom Pelissero.
Ball-carrier Alvin Kamara and the rest of the running back group along with wide receiver Michael Thomas will most likely rejoin the team in time for their first playoff game in the 2020 season.
Thanks to the NFL schedule-makers, the #Saints are optimistic they'll have RB Alvin Kamara for their playoff opener against the #Bears … and WR Michael Thomas should be back too. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/NUE2nIqgBj
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 4, 2021
Kamara previously tested positive for COVID-19 back on Jan. 1. His contraction of the virus eventually led the entire running back group of the Saints to also remain on the sidelines for their Week 17 matchup against the Carolina Panthers after being tagged as close contacts.
Even without Kamara and company, the Saints easily cruised past the Panthers and kept them scoreless in the final three-quarters of the game to run away with a 33-7 victory. The win lifted the Saints to finish the regular season with a 12-4 record and march to the playoffs with the No. 2 seed in the NFC bracket.
The squad's matchup against the No. 7 seeded Bears on Sunday will mark 10 days since Kamara's contraction of the virus, which already allows him to return on the field by the time of the game. However, he will still have to test negative and get medical clearance before he gets to rejoin the team in the near future.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas will also be providing a boost for the squad as he is set to come off the team's injured reserve list after sitting out their last three games due to an ankle injury.
With key players expected to make a return soon, the Saints are hoping to snag a victory against the Bears to open their playoff run on a strong note.