As a positive COVID-19 test for New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara will prevent the star back from playing Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, it will also prevent the team from having any of its current running backs due close contact with Kamara.
Saints running backs Latavius Murray, Dwayne Washington, Michael Burton and running backs coach Joel Thomas will be unavailable against the Panthers due to close contact with Kamara, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday.
FOX's Jay Glazer first reported the news.
Murray, Washington and Burton have all been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Saints' Ty Montgomery, who's been used primarily at receiver and on special teams, is poised to take on a running back role. New Orleans made a flurry of moves on Saturday as well, among them elevating running back Tony Jones and wide receivers Tommylee Lewis and Lil'Jordan Humphrey.
Kamara originally tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, but he was placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. As close contacts, Murray and the rest of the team's running backs must isolate for five days before they are eligible to return provided they test negative.