“New Orleans Saints Face Running Back Woes: Jamaal Williams Sidelined with Hamstring Injury”
In a recent update, Coach Dennis Allen confirmed that New Orleans Saints running back Jamaal Williams is expected to miss playing time due to a hamstring injury. The setback occurred during the first half of the Saints’ victory against the Carolina Panthers on Monday night, where Williams played only 18 snaps before being forced to leave the game.
This injury was particularly challenging for the Saints as Alvin Kamara was serving a suspension, and Kendre Miller was inactive due to his own hamstring injury. Consequently, the team was left with limited options, relying primarily on practice squad running back Tony Jones Jr. and quarterback Taysom Hill to manage the carries in the second half.
However, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon as the Saints are anticipating Kendre Miller’s return after being sidelined due to his hamstring issue. Miller, a rookie third-round pick, has yet to make his NFL debut, but it’s likely that he’ll be ready to play in the upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers.
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Coach Allen shed light on Miller’s absence, explaining that the decision to keep him inactive in the previous game was influenced by his limited practice reps due to the injury. Despite the setback, Allen expressed optimism about Miller’s availability for the next game, foreseeing a potential full return to practice and a probable appearance in the upcoming match.
The Saints are currently grappling with the absence of Alvin Kamara, who is serving a three-game suspension following a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Despite the challenges posed by Williams’ injury, Coach Allen has mentioned that the team doesn’t intend to sign another running back for the upcoming week.
In the absence of key running backs, Taysom Hill stepped up, making significant contributions by carrying the ball nine times and accumulating an impressive 75 yards against the Panthers. Tony Jones Jr. also made valuable contributions, garnering 12 carries for 34 yards and securing two touchdowns.
As the Saints navigate this period of injuries and suspensions, they remain focused on their upcoming games, strategizing and leveraging the available talents to ensure a resilient performance on the field. The return of Kendre Miller, combined with the efforts of the team’s remaining players, will be instrumental in overcoming the challenges posed by the absence of their star running backs.
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