Coach Sean Payton indicated that he's hoping to keep the Saints' backfield touches between Kamara and Mark Ingram more balanced in future weeks, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports. Despite Kamara's brilliance through the first quarter of the season, it was Ingram who was surprisingly acted as the Saints' top back in Week 5 win over the Redskins. In his return from a four-game suspension, Ingram logged 18 touches (16 carries, two receptions) and scored twice, while Kamara finished with only six carries and three catches, both of which were season lows. The game script likely factored heavily into both players' usage, as the Saints raced out to a big lead in the second quarter and prioritized getting Ingram more work in the second half following his month-long layoff. In more competitive contests, it appears Ingram and Kamara will see similar involvement, as was the case throughout the 2017 campaign. Both backs were still stellar week-to-week fantasy options in the timeshare arrangement last season, and with the New Orleans offense looking like one of the NFL's more explosive units thus far in 2018, that figures to remain the case again. It's still a negative development for Kamara nonetheless after he was on pace for a historic season with averages of 14 carries and 8.7 catches per game to go with 611 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns through the first four weeks.
Kamara rushed six times for 24 yards and caught three of four targets for 15 yards in Monday night's 43-19 win over the Redskins. Kamara averaged over 18 touches per game entering Monday's contest, but the lopsided scoreline coupled with the return of backfield mate Mark Ingram resulted in him seeing just half of that mark. Additionally, it was Ingram who scored twice from inside the two-yard line, with Taysom Hill scoring from the one to boot. While it may have been a disappointing output for Kamara heading into the Saints' bye week, he and Ingram showed last year they could both be wildly productive working in tandem, and Kamara will surely be needed more than he was Monday in the vast majority of games.
Kamara (knee) is absent from the injury report ahead of Monday's game against the Redskins, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Kamara's practice reps were restricted throughout the week, but it turns out the Saints were just exercising caution with their stud back. They did the same thing prior to last week's game, so it could become a recurring theme as the season progresses. Still, the return of Mark Ingram from a four-game suspension could finally slow down his hot start to the season a tad, but it is not expected to significantly impact Kamara's standing as a must-play option each week.
Kamara (knee) was a limited participant in Friday's practice. Kamara's reps have been restricted in both of the Saints' first two sessions of Week 5, but that shouldn't provide much cause for concern for his fantasy owners, given that the knee issue provided similar limitations for his practice regimen a week ago. The running back overcame the knee injury to deliver 181 total yards and three scores on 24 touches in the Saints' Week 4 win over the Giants, raising the bar for what had already been an incredible start to Kamara's second NFL season. He'll likely see his workload suffer a bit with Mark Ingram set to return from a four-game suspension Monday against the Redskins, but probably not significantly enough to change Kamara's standing as a must-play option every week.
Kamara was limited in practice Thursday due to a knee injury, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Despite following an LP/DNP/LP practice regimen last week, Kamara didn't have a designation for Sunday's eventual win against the Giants, who he ripped up for 181 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on 24 touches. Assuming he goes down a similar track this week, he'll be welcoming back Mark Ingram from a four-game suspension Monday versus the Redskins. Consequently, Kamara should experience a reduction in his 22.8 touches per game with Ingram back in the fold.
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