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The Texans are set to sign RB Pierre Thomas after working him out on Wednesday morning, according to insider Aaron Wilson.  PT is 30 years old and missed 5 games last season with shoulder and rib injuries.  But he played in all but 1 game over the previous 3 years and has remained productive.  He's averaged 4.5+ yards per carry in 3 of the past 4 seasons, including a 4.9-yard mark in 2014.  Thomas has also averaged 52.8 catches and 418 receiving yards (7.9 yards per catch) over the last 4 campaigns.  He graded out at Pro Football Focus' 9th-best RB last year.  With just 1,145 career touches, Thomas still has gas left in the tank.  He immediately becomes Houston's top RB for as long as Arian Foster is out.  We're still expecting some sort of committee backfield, but look for Thomas to lead the way with 12-15 touches per game.  That could make him a RB3 or flex, especially in PPR leagues.

Update: Thomas and the Texans have yet to agree to contract terms, per Thomas's agent.

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The Texans are expected to place RB Arian Foster (groin) on short-term IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  That'll knock him out for at least the first 8 weeks of the season.  Houston has a Week 9 bye, so Week 10 is the earliest Foster could return.  Rapoport confirms that Foster is expected to need surgery on the groin he injured on Monday.  We should get an official update from the team later today.  Foster will be tough to roster now in shallow fantasy leagues.  With deeper benches, he's a fine stash as a potential RB1 down the stretch.  Houston will reportedly try out free-agent RB Pierre Thomas on Wednesday and sign him if that goes well.  PT would immediately become the best fantasy bet in the Texans backfield while Foster is out.

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The Saints have released RB Pierre Thomas.  New Orleans is currently about $20 million over the cap, but this only saves them $1.7 million, so the move isn't only about money.  Thomas remained an effective player last year (4.9 yards per carry, 8.9 yards per catch).  But he missed 5 games and turned 30 this past December.  New Orleans has a potential passing-game replacement in RB Travaris Cadet.  With RB Mark Ingram likely to depart via free agency, RB Khiry Robinson is set up for a big workload.

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