The NFL world was shocked back in February when it was reported that New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara had been arrested for battery charges after an altercation during Pro Bowl weekend.
Earlier this week, it was reported by Pro Football Talk that Kamara is expected to receive a suspension from the NFL that will likely be “at least six weeks” with the possibility of being even longer.
The Saints brought back veteran running back Mark Ingram this offseason, who started his career with the team after departing for tenures with the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans for a couple of years.
They may need to use Ingram more than expected once Kamara’s suspension is handed down, which could certainly play a factor in the team’s success next year.
It is also possible that the suspension could be pushed into the 2023 season if the legal proceedings of the case have not concluded by a certain date.
General manager Mickey Loomis discussed the topic during a podcast appearance this week and said that the organization is preparing for any and all outcomes for Kamara next season.
“We really just have to wait and see what happens,” said Loomis. “For me, I always try to [determine] what’s the worst-case scenario and what’s the best-case scenario. We have to be prepared for anything. That’s really the way we approach anything and everything, is be prepared for anything that can happen.”
This is the correct approach considering the wide variety of outcomes that Kamara could have this season.
He is certainly going to receive some sort of discipline at some point from the NFL, but the length of the suspension and when the suspension will be played out still remains to be seen.