New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara will likely play through the 2022 season following news of his scheduled trial date.
Kamara was arrested on battery charges this past February for his involvement in an alleged assault, but it looks like Kamara won't receive his punishment until 2023 at the earliest.
Kamara's trial date is scheduled for March 1 as reported by NOLA's Nick Underhill, so the star running back should be available for the rest of the 2022 season.
Despite the severity of the allegations, NFL analysts initially proposed it was unlikely for Kamara to be disciplined in 2022, and the case has indeed dragged out to spring of next year.
If Kamara does receive a suspension, it will almost definitely come in 2023.
Saints' Alvin Kamara will likely play out the entire 2022 season
What does this mean for the Saints? Not much changes in 2022.
Kamara remains the undeniable RB1 on the team with depth behind him running thin. Barring any injuries or setbacks, he should continue to play a dominant role in the Saints' offense as NOLA tries to climb back up the NFC South.
Next year, though, the offense could see a steep decline in the running game if Kamara misses a substantial amount of time. Given Kamara's age, injury history, and looming suspension, his future with the black and gold doesn't look very bright.
For now, Kamara and the Saints will try to turn their 2022 season around in Week 10's fixture against the Pittsburgh Steelers.