The running back is coming off a historic effort in Week 16, having scored six rushing touchdowns in a Christmas Day win over the Minnesota Vikings to tie a 91-year-old record and help the Saints clinch the NFC South.
The 25-year-old leads the NFL with 21 touchdowns and has a career-high 932 rushing yards plus 756 receiving yards. It's the fourth straight year he has topped 1,300 yards from scrimmage and earned a Pro Bowl selection.
In 2020, Kamara has been a steady presence for an offense that has had key injuries throughout the year, including to Drew Brees and Michael Thomas.
Latavius Murray can handle extra carries with Kamara sidelined—he has 656 yards on 4.5 yards per carry this season—but the Saints would suffer without a key playmaker in both the passing and rushing attack.
Any more missed time for Kamara would be especially damaging for a franchise that has fallen short of expectations in the postseason over the past few years. New Orleans finished 13-3 in each of the last two seasons but was eliminated in overtime losses both times. From 2017 to 2019, the Saints lost in the divisional round, the conference title game and then the Wild Card Round.
Not having its star running back for the playoffs would be another blow for the organization.