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Alvin Kamara inactive as Saints battle division favorite Bucs

Kamara suffered a rib injury against the Falcons in Week 1.

NEW ORLEANS — Saints running back Alvin Kamara will not be available for the team as they prepare to face division rival Tampa Bay on Sunday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted late Saturday night that Kamara, who's been listed as questionable throughout the week while dealing with a rib injury, was not expected to play. In the same tweet, Schefter mentioned that running back Mark Ingram, also listed as questionable, is expected to play. Ingram has been dealing with an ankle injury all week.

Other inactive players for the Saints include cornerback Paulson Adebo, wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith, defensive ends Payton Turner and Tanoh Kpassagnon, tight end Nick Vannett and guard Wyatt Davis. 

The Bucs will most notably be without starting wide receivers Chris Godwin and Julio Jones and starting left tackle Donovan Smith. The Bucs will also be without rookie cornerback Zyon McCollum, tight end Kyle Rudolph, running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn, and quarterback Kyle Trask.

Both teams enter Sunday's matchup off of impressive Week 1 showings, albeit in different ways.

The Saints earned a spectacular come from behind win against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, in which they rallied from a 16-point 4th quarter deficit to squeeze out a one point, 27-26 win.

The Bucs, meanwhile, showed out on the national stage as they stifled the Dallas Cowboys, 19-3, last Sunday night.

This will be the sixth time the Saints and Bucs are facing off since Tom Brady joined the team in 2020. This will also be the first time that new head coaches Dennis Allen and Todd Bowles will face off in this rivalry.

The Saints have somewhat had the Bucs' number ever since Brady joined, holding a 4-0 regular season record against the legendary quarterback. The Bucs did, however, defeat the Saints in the 2021 Divisional Round en route to their victory in Super Bowl 55.

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