Pierre ThomasNO -RB Saints give Thomas 2-year extension
The Saints have signed RB Pierre Thomas to a 2-year extension. Tacked on to the 1 year he had left on his old deal, Thomas is now locked in with the Saints through 2016. We like the news for his fantasy outlook. New Orleans has never given Thomas a feature-back workload, and they won't now. But the 29-year-old is better off in a committee at this point. And with Darren Sproles out of the picture, Thomas' role actually figures to grow in 2014. That's exciting considering he caught a whopping 77 balls last year. It's tough to project an increase this season, but we can at least say that Thomas should remain extremely busy in the passing game. He'll be an every-week fantasy starter in PPR leagues.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB Thomas inactive
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) is inactive for today's game against the Seahawks. It strips New Orleans of its best all-around back. Look for RB Mark Ingram to dominate early-down work, with RB Darren Sproles playing an increased role in the passing game.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB Thomas questionable for Round 2
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Seahawks. He looks like a game-time decision. Getting Thomas back would be big for New Orleans, but he'd be a shaky fantasy play. A completely healthy Thomas managed just 21 total yards against the 'Hawks back in Week 13.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB Thomas still out Wednesday
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. We still have no details on the injury, but fantasy owners shouldn't count on him playing against the Seahawks this weekend. That'd mean another game as the lead ball-carrier for RB Mark Ingram.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB Thomas ruled out for Wild Card game
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) has been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Eagles. It's a significant loss for New Orleans' offense. Thomas led the team in carries (147) and rushing yards (549) -- and finished 2nd with 77 catches. RB Mark Ingram will help pick up the slack in the running game, while RB Darren Sproles should see more action in the passing game.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB Thomas out again Thursday
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (chest) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We don't have any details on the injury, but Thomas appears to be in danger of missing Saturday night's game against the Eagles. RB Darren Sproles would see an increased role in the passing game if Thomas is out.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB Thomas misses practice
Saints RB Pierre Thomas sat out Wednesday's practice with a chest injury. We've seen no further word on the specific issue, which seemed to be news even to beat writers. Seems like a precautionary sit, but we'll see what the rest of the week holds. Even a healthy Thomas carries flimsy value because of low carry totals over the final 5 weeks (4, 7, 8, 4 and 7). He does bring some upside, though, to the shallow pool that is playoff fantasy football.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB Thomas' workload to grow?
Saints insider Mike Triplett believes RB Pierre Thomas is in for an increased workload. "I would expect a subtle flip-flop in the coming weeks, where Thomas becomes more of a 1A and [Mark] Ingram a 1B, instead of vice versa," Triplett writes. Through 2 games, Ingram has averaged a pathetic 1.8 yards per carry on 17 attempts. Thomas, meanwhile, has popped off 5.1 yards per carry on his 14 totes. PT continues to look like the better RB. Now we just have to hope HC Sean Payton realizes that and acts accordingly. Get Thomas on your fantasy roster right now. He'll be a weekly starter even if his workload grows by just a few touches per game.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB Thomas listed as starter on 1st depth chart
Pierre Thomas is listed as the #1 RB on the Saints' initial depth chart. Mark Ingram is #2, followed by Darren Sproles. It doesn't mean a whole lot since we know New Orleans will continue to deploy a committee attack. But it might be a sign that Thomas' role is set to grow in 2013. He averaged 7 carries and 2.6 catches per game last year. We could see that growing to around 10 carries and 3 grabs per game this season. Thomas continues to be undervalued with a 12-team ADP in the 11th round.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB ruled out for Week 17
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. That knee has been bothering him for a couple weeks, so he'll take a seat for a meaningless finale. PT's absence should get Chris Ivory involved again. He'll operate in a committee with Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB active
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. He'll continue to split backfield duties with RBs Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB probable for Week 16
Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) popped up on the injury report on Thursday. But he put in a couple limited practices and is listed as probable for this weekend's game against the Cowboys. The knee shouldn't be an issue, but PT is still just a RB3 or flex option in fantasy. He's averaging 68 total yards without a TD over his last 3 games.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB added to injury report with knee
Saints RB Pierre Thomas was added to the injury report on Thursday as limited with a knee. It's unclear if he tweaked the knee yesterday and had his reps scaled back today, or if he was injured today and unable to finish practice. Check back tomorrow for an update.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB passes physical
Saints RB Pierre Thomas passed his physical and was able to run during camp today. We haven't received many updates on his recovery from January ankle surgery, but it sounds like he's at least close to 100%. Barring a setback, he'll be ready for Week 1. His exact role in New Orleans' backfield remains unclear.
Pierre ThomasNO -RB won't be 100% for start of camp
According to the Sporting News, Saints RB Pierre Thomas is unlikely to be back at 100% when training camp opens. He's rehabbing from January ankle surgery. Although P.T. should be fine for Week 1, this might be just the leg up rookie RB Mark Ingram needs to emerge from camp as New Orleans' lead back.
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