Saints without Kamara, both offensive tackles vs. Eagles

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METAIRIE, La. (AP)Saints running back Alvin Kamara will miss his second straight game Sunday in Philadelphia, and New Orleans also will be without starting tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk.

In addition to listing those three prominent players as out on Friday’s injury report, the Saints also made a change at kicker. New Orleans waived rookie Brian Johnson, who missed two extra point kicks in last week’s 23-21 loss at Tennessee, and elevated recently re-signed kicker Brett Maher from the practice squad to the active roster.

Kamara, who was sidelined by a knee injury during New Orleans’ loss at Tennessee, returned to practice on a limited basis early this week, but missed practice on both Thursday and Friday before being ruled out for this week’s game against the Eagles.

Kamara has 530 yards and three touchdowns rushing this season to go with a team-high 32 catches for 310 yards and four TDs receiving.

Armstead, who has knee and shoulder injuries, also did not play last week. Ramczyk, who has a knee injury, will miss his first game this season.

Taysom Hill, a reserve quarterback who enters the game to run the option and also plays tight end and on special teams, returned to practice on Friday on a limited basis and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

New Orleans also ruled out several other players: receiver Ty Montgomery (hand), defensive tackle Malcolm Roach (knee) and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle).

While all three of those players are reserves, Kpassagnon is tied for the team lead in sacks with four.

Maher kicked in 19 games for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, making 74.2% of his field goal attempts and hitting from as far as 63 yards out.

Maher also was with the Saints briefly during preseason but was waived with an injury designation.

The Saints have had five kickers on their roster this season, including Wil Lutz, the club’s regular kicker for the previous five seasons. But he never kicked this season because of a core muscle injury and is now on injured reserve for the rest of this season.

Kickers Cody Parkey and Aldrick Rosas also have been on the roster. Rosas spent the first four regular season games with New Orleans before being released after missing three field goals combined in weeks 3 and 4. Parkey played just one game with the Saints in Week 5 and was injured. Johnson spent four games with New Orleans.

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