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Saints left with no running backs ahead of Sunday's game after close contact with COVID-positive Alvin Kamara, reports say

Running backs Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington will both join Kamara off the field, alongside fullback Michael Burton.
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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) crosses the goal line on a touchdown carry in the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints will be without all of their running backs for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers because all of them have been deemed high-risk for COVID-19 infection after being in close contact with Alvin Kamara, who tested positive Friday, according to reports. 

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first broke the news. 

Running backs Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington will both join Kamara off the field, alongside fullback Michael Burton.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that none of the three have tested positive as of Saturday. If they remain negative, they are all expected to rejoin the team in time for playoffs.

Wide receiver Ty Montgomery is available as running back, a position he has previously played before his tenure with the Saints, as well as rookie Tony Jones Jr. from the team's practice squad. 

Taysom Hill, the team's backup quarterback, could move to fill a position as a rusher. 

Kamara is the 10th Saint this season to test positive for coronavirus. 

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