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New Orleans Saints rule out running back Alvin Kamara, left tackle Terron Armstead vs. Tennessee Titans

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METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints‘ offense will be even more depleted Sunday at the Tennessee Titans after they ruled out running back Alvin Kamara (knee) and left tackle Terron Armstead (knee, shoulder).

The Saints (5-3) also ruled out safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (foot). The team Thursday had placed rookie defensive end Payton Turner on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

All four injuries were suffered during New Orleans’ costly 27-25 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9. Kamara is not expected to be out long term, but it’s unclear if he will miss more time beyond this week.

“A knee injury that he’s rehabbing [to return] as quickly as he can get back,” said Saints coach Sean Payton, who added that Kamara was experiencing “soreness” toward the latter part of last week’s game. “There was a play or two that you could see that you could tell.”

Losing Kamara is a big blow for a Saints offense that has been devoid of playmakers this year in the wake of Michael Thomas’ season-ending ankle injury and some offseason salary-cap casualties — not to mention losing quarterbacks Drew Brees and Jameis Winston to retirement and a torn ACL, respectively.

The Saints rank an uncharacteristic 28th in the NFL this season with just 314.6 yards per game — and they rank 31st in passing offense (191.6 yards per game). Kamara has accounted for 105 yards per game this season (66.25 rushing, 38.75 receiving) with a team-leading seven touchdowns. He is by far the Saints’ leader with 32 receptions — 10 more than anyone else on the team.

The good news is that the Saints have a reliable replacement in veteran running back Mark Ingram, whom they just re-acquired through a trade with the Houston Texans last month. Ingram should play a huge role as both a runner and receiver in Sunday’s game — and he should become the Saints’ all-time rushing leader in the process. Ingram is just 19 yards behind Deuce McAllister’s franchise record of 6,096 career rushing yards.

Quarterback Taysom Hill should also be a big part of New Orleans’ offense as both a runner and receiver. Payton announced Friday that Trevor Siemian will be the Saints’ starting QB for the second week in a row — but that the team will also have packages that include Hill.

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Los Angeles Chargers lose star DE Joey Bosa in second half with potential head injury

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, long considered the best defender on the team, left the game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

Bosa was being evaluated for a head injury he suffered in the second half as the Chargers attempted to hold off a Bengals’ rally.

Bosa has battled injuries through much of his career, and usually plays through them. This one was a different story, and the Chargers defense struggled in the third quarter without him.

This season, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Bosa has 36 solo tackles and 19 assists to go along with 7.5 sacks. In his absence, Kyler Fackrel took over. No further word on Bosa was immediately available.

The Chargers, at one point up 24-0 over the Bengals, saw their lead shrink to 24-22 in the third.

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Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson, WR Odell Beckham Jr. active vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. is active for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A source had told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team was not optimistic about him being able to play but he would test out his injured thigh before Sunday’s game before it made a decision.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., also is active. Like Henderson, he was listed as questionable. Beckham has a hip injury.

Running back James Robinson is active for the Jaguars. He had been listed as questionable due to heel and knee injuries. Robinson has been hobbled for weeks with the injuries but was feeling better Saturday.

Henderson, the Rams’ top running back, has rushed for 648 yards and five touchdowns this season.

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Gardner Minshew throws first TD as an Eagle, a 36-yard dart to Dallas Goedert

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Minshew mania — it is upon us.

Starting in place of the injured Jalen Hurts, Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew II got off to a red-hot start against the New York Jets on Sunday, connecting with tight end Dallas Goedert for a 36-yard touchdown on the team’s opening drive. Facing a second-and-1, Minshew unfurled a pass downfield as he was being hit. Goedert hauled it in and shed a tackle attempt before walking into the end zone.

Minshew went 3-for-3 for 61 yards on the Eagles’ first possession, with each of those completions going to Goedert. Hurts is sidelined with a sprained left ankle, opening the door for Minshew’s first start since Dec. 20 last season, when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Minshew hit Goedert again, this time for a 25-yard score, later in the first half.



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