ATLANTA – Rookie star Alvin Kamara is being evaluated for a possible concussion after absorbing a blow from helmet to helmet at the opening of the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night in Atlanta.
Kamara was attacked by a 4 loss of the garden on a screen pass was tackled by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones. He immediately ran off the field and was evaluated by coaches before returning to the locker room.
Kamara has emerged as a favorite for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award with 606 rushing yards, 614 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns heading into Thursday night's game. Tennessee's third-round draft pick ranked second in the NFL with 990 total yards of scrimmage since Weeks 6-14, behind only LeVeon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Veteran running back Mark Ingram should play a bigger role in Kamara's absence. Ingram has been equally effective as part of the dynamic RB duo of New Orleans. He ranks third in the NFL with 882 yards since week 6, and is on track to become the first duo to surpass 1,500 yards of scrimmage 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 AJ Klein also left the field with coaches and it is questionable that he returns with a groin injury.