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METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara has tested positive for COVID-19, leaving his status for a potential postseason opener next weekend in question, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
After mixed test results, Kamara had a positive test confirmed Friday afternoon, a source said. He has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Sunday’s regular-season finale at Carolina.
According to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, a player who tests positive is not permitted to return until 10 days have passed since the specimen that tested positive was collected. Kamara is eligible to return to play next Sunday provided he remains asymptomatic, a league source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
NewOrleans.Football was first to report that Kamara tested positive and missed practice Friday while awaiting the results of a follow-up test.
The Saints still have an outside chance at the NFC’s No. 1 seed, which would mean a first-round bye and not playing until Jan. 16-17. In addition to a win of their own, they would also need the Chicago Bears to defeat the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks to defeat the San Francisco