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Alvin Kamara ruled out for Week 12 vs. Bills

We break down the news that Alvin Kamara will not play in New Orleans’ Thanksgiving contest.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Caesars Superdome. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday update: Kamara has officially been ruled out for Week 12 against the Bills. Mark Ingram is also unlikely to play, meaning the Saints are going to be down some of their top offensive players in this game.

Tuesday update: Kamara is still not at practice on Tuesday, per Mike Triplett. He could get back on Wednesday, but odds are not in his favor for playing.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara did not practice at Monday’s walkthrough as the team prepare for Thursday’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Kamara has not played in the Saints’ last two games due to a knee injury.

Fantasy football implications

The Saints would love to have Kamara back in the starting lineup for Thanksgiving night’s game against Buffalo. But New Orleans’ running game has survived with veteran running back Mark Ingram receiving majority of the carries. In Week 11 against the Eagles, Ingram had 88 yards on 16 carries, along with six receptions for 25 yards and 15.3 fantasy points.

Since being acquired by the Saints after Week 7, Ingram has posted three-straight double-digit fantasy point performances. In Week 10 against Tennessee, which was the first game without Kamara, Ingram recorded 47 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and 61 receiving yards for 20.8 fantasy points. The Bills’ defense is stingy when it comes to fantasy football, but there could be some opportunities to exploit after what we saw what Jonathan Taylor did on Sunday.