Alvin Kamara says he'll play this Sunday

The Saints rookie is recovering from a concussion

Kristian Garic
December 13, 2017 - 7:09 pm

Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara suffered a pretty big concussion in last Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons, causing him to leave that game early.  It looks like Kamara has recovered as today he said, "I'm good to go. I'm gonna play (this week)." Kamara was officially listed as full participant in practice today so that he means he's passed concussion protocol and ready to go for this Sunday against the Jets. 

G Senio Kalmete (concussion) also returned from concussion protocol and practiced fully today. LB A.J Klein (groin) missed practice along with WR Tedd Ginn Jr (rib) and DE Trey Hendrickson (ankle).  Ginn took a big shot over the middle in the second half of the game last week and could still be pretty sore.  The good news on the injury front is S Kenny Vaccaro (groin) returned to practice and is listed as a limited participant in today's practice. TE Josh Hill (shoulder) & G Andrus Peat (groin) were also listed as limited.  Peat missed last week's game against the Falcons. 

The Saints are heavy favorites over the Jets this week, but insist they're not going to overlook New York coming into the game with a back up starting Quarterback, Bryce Petty who's made seven career starts.

"He'll be the worst starting quarterback the Saints have faced this season. I'd be shocked if the defense doesn't have success this week," explained the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert. 

Petty has thrown seven interceptions in three touchdowns during those seven games.

"They have NFL talent, no win is going to be an easy win," said defensive end Cam Jordan.

It would be easy for a Saints team that is clearly better than the Jets to overlook them with eyes on a revenge game the following week against the Atlanta Falcons on Christmas Eve. 

Saints LB Mike Mauti has been nominated for the teams Ed Block Courage Award after bouncing back from three off-season surgeries to battle ulcerative colitis. 

"It's been remarkable.  I think it's the only time a player's had a condition he's had. With three offseason surgeries to come back and play," coach Sean Payton explained.

Mauit's comeback is a great story and one that merits notice.  Last year at this time he weighed about 212 lbs down 30 plus pounds from his ideal playing weight has he battled his illness.  The Mandeville native wasn't even on the roster after training camp, but returned after injuries started mounting on the roster. 

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