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Alvin Kamara removed from injury report ahead of Week 17 vs. Eagles

Saints RB returns to practice. We break down the fantasy football impact.

Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara didn’t practice due for personal reasons on Wednesday. He should be okay for this week when they take on the Eagles, but seeing him at practice on Thursday would be nice.

Kamara hasn’t had much luck since Drew Brees left, as his statistics have plummeted over the last two seasons. He’s still the lead back and his usage keeps him as a fantasy football player, but his huge upside hasn’t been there of late.

Alvin Kamara injury updates

Friday, Dec. 30 update — Kamara was able to get in a full practice on Friday and has been removed from the injury report. He will play as usual.

Friday, Dec. 30 update — Kamara was back at practice on Friday, per Erin Summers. This is a great sign after he missed the first two practices with a personal reason. He may be listed as questionable, but he should be able to play as usual.

Thursday, Dec. 29 PM update — The situation with Kamara is confusing and at this point we can’t be sure that he plays this week. Maybe this all gets cleared up on Friday, but maybe it doesn’t. David Johnson and then Eno Benjamin are next in line on the depth chart.

Thursday, Dec. 29 update — Kamara was listed on the injury report as not practicing due to rest and a quadricep injury. That doesn’t really give us any answers to his possible availability for this week.

Thursday, Dec. 29 update — Kamara was not at practice again on Thursday, per Nick Underhill. He reportedly missed Wednesday’s practice due to a personal matter, so it would track that his missed Thursday for the same reason. We should learn more about this situation today or tomorrow.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 update — Kamara was not at practice on Wednesday due to a personal matter, per Nick Underhill.

Fantasy football advice

If Kamara ended up needing to miss this week, his direct backups appear to be David Johnson and Eno Benjamin. Benjamin has shown ability this season with the Cardinals, but where he truly is in the pecking order is hard to know. Kamara should play though and would be worth starting in fantasy.