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Kamara Suspended Three Games For 2022 Incident
Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been suspended for the first three games of the season for his role in a 2022 fight in Las Vegas, the league announced Friday.

Colts cornerback Chris Lammons, who was also involved in the incident, will miss three games as well.

Both players can participate in the preseason and are eligible to return to the active roster Monday, Sept. 25.

Kamara, 27, will be eligible to return for the Saints in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will miss the Saints' home opener against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 and away games against the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers.

"Poor judgment on my end, definitely a bad decision, but I'm a man," Kamara said after practice Friday before the suspension was announced. "Anything I've ever done in my life, I've stood on and I can take accountability for. I can say when I'm wrong, and I was completely wrong. I embarrassed the Saints, I embarrassed my family and my mother, I embarrassed myself, I embarrassed this city and the shield, obviously I embarrassed the NFL."

Kamara met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier in the week to discuss Kamara's side of the story, and Kamara said he was grateful for the opportunity. He said he felt as though he was finally able to put the incident behind him after that meeting.

"It's hanging over you, it's hanging over you, and obviously it's self-inflicted, but nonetheless it's like a dark cloud," Kamara said. "It's hard to enjoy the smaller things. Today I had a boost at practice, I just felt better, like a weight was off me. I'm just looking forward to focusing on football."

Kamara apologized for his role in the fight, which left one man injured on the eve of the Pro Bowl in Las Vegas. Kamara was initially facing a felony charge but accepted a plea deal that reduced his charges to breach of peace, a misdemeanor.

"I'd be lying if I said it hasn't affected me," Kamara said. "It affected me last season. It affected me every day. I lost a lot. I lost [money], I lost some friends, I lost some support from people. But, like I said, I've had a ton of support from this organization and family and friends -- the people that know me, that know what I stand for and what I'm about. That's kept me going.

"I'm not glossing over the situation and downplaying it in any way. It was poor judgment on my end, and it was obviously unfortunate. It's just got to be a thing where I'm mature, take ownership of it and make better decisions."

Kamara said he doesn't expect New Orleans to lose anything when he's out.

The Saints will turn to running back Jamaal Williams, who signed with the team in free agency after leading the league with 17 touchdowns last year while with the Detroit Lions. New Orleans also selected rookie Kendre Miller in the third round of the 2023 NFL draft. Eno Benjamin and rookie Ellis Merriweather could also see more prominent roles.

"We've got to keep going if I'm here or not, right?" Kamara added. "I know these guys; that's kind of been the question mark, 'OK, well, is he going to get suspended, is he not going to get suspended? I don't think ... anyone is setting here like, 'OK, if Alvin is suspended, we can't do this or do that.' It's going to keep moving. Nothing is going to stop. ... I expect them to go and win for however long I'm suspended."

Kamara has been going as the RB30 on Underdog Fantasy; that number still seems reasonable given the suspension.

For the record, Jamaal Williams is currently RB43 while Miller is RB47.

Fantasy managers who have been taking shots on Williams and throwing some later-round darts at Miller based on the possibility Kamara would miss an extended period shouldn't despair.

It's a long season.