Saints’ Alvin Kamara leaves game with possible concussion


ATLANTA — Breakout rookie star Alvin Kamara is being evaluated for a possible concussion after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit on the New Orleans Saints’ opening drive Thursday night in Atlanta.

Kamara was swarmed for a 4-yard loss on a screen pass and was tackled by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones. He immediately jogged off the field and was evaluated by trainers before being walked back to the locker room.

Kamara has emerged as a front-runner for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award with 606 rushing yards, 614 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns heading into Thursday night’s game. The third-round draft pick from Tennessee ranked second in the NFL with 990 total yards from scrimmage since from Weeks 6-14 — behind only the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell.

Veteran running back Mark Ingram should play an even bigger role in Kamara’s absence. Ingram has been equally effective as part of New Orleans’ dynamic RB duo. He ranks third in the NFL with 882 scrimmage yards since Week 6, and they are on pace to become the first duo ever to surpass 1,500 scrimmage yards in the same season.

Ingram started and took the first carry for the Saints despite being listed as questionable for Thursday’s game with a toe injury.

Saints linebacker A.J. Klein also left the field with trainers and is questionable to return with a groin injury.

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