Saints rookie Alvin Kamara taken to locker room after taking head shot vs. Falcons

The Saints' offense just lost one of its biggest weapons.

The team has announced that rookie running back Alvin Kamara has been diagnosed with a concussion and won't return to the game after taking a big hit against the Falcons on Thursday. The hit came on the Saints' opening drive after Kamara caught a short dump off pass from Drew Brees on a second-and-10 play from the Falcons' 12-yard line. 

After catching the ball, Kamara was met in the backfield by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, who made helmet-to-helmet contact with the Saints rookie. 

Alvin Kamara took a head shot from Deion Jones in the first quarter.  NBC/NFL Network

Kamara left the field immediately after the play and was taken to the Saints' locker room a short time later. 

The Kamara injury is a devastating loss for the Saints' offense. Kamara has been the most explosive running back in the NFL through the first 13 weeks of the season. Not only is he second on the team in rushing yards with 606, but he's also third on the team in receiving with 614 yards going into Thursday's game. 

To put his season in perspective, Kamara is just the third rookie in NFL history to top 600 yards rushing and receiving in the same year (Charley Taylor did it with the Redskins in 1964 and Billy Sims did it with the Lions in 1980).

When Kamara left the game, he had already caught three passes for 25 yards. 

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