METAIRIE, La. - The New Orleans Saints had a glimmer of hope as it pertains to injury news on Wednesday when three starters in star running back Alvin Kamara, All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead were listed as questionable with their knee injuries.
However, that optimism was quashed Thursday morning after it was reported by the NFL Network that none of them will play against the Dallas Cowboys.
Kamara will now have missed four straight games, while this will be Ramczyk's third missed game. Armstead played last week against the Buffalo Bills, but missed the two games before that due to shoulder and knee injuries.
The Saints will already be without defensive ends Marcus Davenport and Tanoh Kpassagnon as well as linebacker Kaden Elliss due to their injuries.
Without Kamara, the Saints look to running back Mark Ingram, who also missed last week's game against Buffalo with a knee injury.
Without Ramczyk and Armstead, the Saints will likely play James Hurst and Jordan Mills at the tackle positions because they're the only two left on the active roster.
Ramczyk and Armstead have missed the same game before this season — Week 11 on Nov. 21 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Hurst got the start at right tackle that week with rookie Landon Young getting the start at left tackle. Young, after playing fairly well, sustained a season-ending foot injury in the game and is currently on the injured reserve.
Mills, a Napoleonville native and Louisiana Tech product, has played on special teams in five games this season. Before coming to New Orleans, he spent time in Chicago (2013-14), Buffalo (2015-18) and Arizona (2019). While in Chicago and Buffalo, he started in 82 games at right tackle.