Alvin Kamara, the star operating again for the New Orleans Saints and probably the greatest gamers within the N.F.L. this season, has been positioned on the N.F.L.’s Covid-19 reserve record, a transfer that may hold him out of the group’s regular-season finale on Sunday and which will jeopardize his probabilities to look within the group’s first sport of the playoffs.
The league didn’t specify whether or not Kamara had examined optimistic or had come into contact with somebody who had examined optimistic. However an individual accustomed to the league’s testing protocol stated Kamara had certainly examined optimistic, which implies he should isolate for at the least 10 days and should return if he’s asymptomatic on the finish of that interval.
The playoffs begin subsequent weekend, and Kamara’s availability would rely on when he gave the pattern that examined optimistic — data that has not been made public.
Nonetheless, the Saints (11-4) have a shot at getting a relaxation till the second weekend of the playoffs, when Kamara will probably be again until he has Covid signs. To get that relaxation, they must find yourself as the highest seed of their convention.
The Saints have already gained the their division, the N.F.C. South, however are battling with the Inexperienced Bay Packers (12-3) and the Seattle Seahawks (11-4) for the No. 1 seed. Below a brand new playoff format launched this season, solely the top-seeded group will obtain a bye within the first spherical of the playoffs.
To achieve the bye, the Saints must win their sport Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., towards the Carolina Panthers (5-10), regardless of Kamara’s absence, and would additionally want the Packers to lose to the Chicago Bears (8-7) and the Seahawks to beat the San Francisco 49ers.
Kamara, 25, is coming off the very best sport of his four-year profession, having rushed for six touchdowns on Christmas Day to tie a 91-year-old league file set by Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals in 1929.
This season, Kamara has rushed for a career-high 932 yards and a league-leading 16 touchdowns. He has additionally caught 83 passes for 756 yards and 5 touchdowns.