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Alvin Kamara placed on the COVID-19 list

The Saints will be without their RB1 on Sunday against the Panthers.

Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints makes a reception past Jeff Gladney #20 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Playoff update: Kamara’s positive test was on Thursday, which means ten days absence would let him return Sunday, January 10 if he remains asymptomatic.

Friday update: Kamara is officially on the Covid-19 list after getting a confirmation of his first positive test, per Adam Schefter. Latavius Murray will get the start and is worth a fantasy play against the Panthers.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara didn’t practice on Friday, as he received a positive COVID-19 test, per Nick Underhill. Kamara is still waiting on the confirmation test, so there is still a chance he had a false positive.

If Kamara does get a confirmation of the initial test, he would be out for 10 days, which would mean he would be out next week if the Saints don’t manage to get the No. 1 seed and the only NFC bye.

If the Saints beat the Panthers this week, they have a shot at the top seed, but would need the Packers to lose to the Bears. A win would also give them the No. 2 seed ahead of Seattle.

Kamara might not be needed for this week, but he would be needed in the first round of the playoffs.