On Thursday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote that an unnamed league source believes New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara could face a minimum six-game suspension from the NFL for an offseason incident in Las Vegas.
Kamara was arrested and charged with felony battery for an incident at a Las Vegas hotel in early February.
The NFL typically waits until the outcome of a court case to render punishment. Kamara's hearing was postponed twice and scheduled for August 1. Saints veterans will report to training camp on July 26.
Kamara, who turns 27 on July 25, told police that he threw punches in the incident. The NFL's Personal Conduct Policy dictates a minimum six-game suspension for such infractions, but we've seen several players receive less for similar incidents.
The dynamic running back is perhaps the league's most versatile offensive weapon. Kamara has been selected to the Pro Bowl in his five NFL seasons. He's totaled 4,238 rushing yards, 373 receptions for another 3,263 yards, and 68 total touchdowns in his career.
The New Orleans offense revolves around the abilities of their multipurpose back. Despite missing four games with a knee injury in 2021, Kamara led the team with 898 rushing yards and 47 receptions while finishing third with 439 receiving yards. He had three 100-yard rushing games and three more with over 70 yards, but career-low totals in receiving on the season.
Kamara enters the 2022 season as the franchise's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage for a running back. He needs five touchdowns to pass WR Marques Colston as the team's all-time leader in that category and 30 rushing yards to pass George Rogers for third place in New Orleans history.
The Saints were 4-0 without Kamara in the lineup last season. Also, they averaged less than 19 points and managed an average of just 98 yards rushing in those four outings.
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