Saints’ Alvin Kamara ruled out with possible concussion after taking hit

10:08 PM ET

ATLANTA — Breakout Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta with a possible concussion.

On New Orleans’ opening drive, Kamara was swarmed for a 4-yard loss on a screen pass and absorbed a helmet-to-helmet hit on a tackle by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones. He immediately jogged off the field and was evaluated by trainers before being walked back to the locker room.

Kamara has emerged as a front-runner for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award with 606 rushing yards, 614 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns entering Thursday night’s game. The third-round draft pick out of Tennessee ranked second in the NFL with 990 total yards from scrimmage from Weeks 6-14 — behind only the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell.

Veteran Saints running back Mark Ingram should play an even bigger role in Kamara’s absence. Ingram has been equally effective as part of New Orleans’ dynamic running back duo. He ranks third in the

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