The NFL has suspended the New Orleans Saints running back for the first three games of the season. It's better than it could have been for him and the Saints.
After his meeting with NFL commissioner with Roger Goodell this week, reports came in that things were looking up for New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara. By pretty much all reports, the length of time the Saints would be without their do-it-all running back depended on how everything went with Goodell. Now, we have our ansnwer.
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the league has decided to suspend Kamara for the first three games of the 2023 NFL season.
Schefter also noted that cornerback Chris Lammons of the Indianapolis Colts, who was also involved in the incident, received three games as well.
For those keeping score at home, Kamara will miss the games against the Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, and Green Bay Packers. One home game, and the next two on the road. He would be due to return when the Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their first divisional home game.
While this is a bad situation all-around, it's also fair to say that both the Saints and Kamara dodged a bit of a bullet here. It just goes to show how far taking accountability can go. That's obviously not condoning or even defending the actions of Kamara of course. Having said that, things could have certainly been a lot worse from a football sense, with them already being bad from a life sense.
With the suspension of Alvin Kamara, the New Orleans Saints will be relying on offseason free agent signing Jamaal Williams, a ballplayer who just so happened to score 17 touchdowns to lead the league last year (ho-hum) and rookie Kendre Miller to carry the load for the first three games. Things aren't great, but they certainly could have been worse.