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Saints RB Pierre Thomas injured his shoulder in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Lions.  He took a big hit at the end of a catch and was clearly in pain.  We'll pass along an update when we get one.

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Saints RB Pierre Thomas acknowledged Wednesday that things will be different for him in 2014.  "I know my role is going to change a whole lot this year," Thomas said, per NOLA.com. "I'm going to do more pass protection and route running. I'm improving my route running game."  He, of course, mentioned that he'll still run the ball, too, and said his backfield mates are "going to have to outwork me" to take his touches away.  For his part, HC Sean Payton said the team has repeatedly envisioned an altered role for Thomas at the outset of recent seasons but adapted it throughout the year because of Thomas' smarts, versatility and all-around value.  As a fantasy owner, you should be wary of Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson infringing on Thomas' workload.  Thomas has delivered terrific fantasy value in the past -- but largely because he was criminally undervalued at draft time.  He's going at a more appropriate 6th-round ADP this year, which makes him a decent option instead of a steal.  If the Saints are trying to be "unpredictable" on offense, however -- as Thomas said Wednesday -- the fantasy fallout could be a trio of backs that are tough to count on in your lineup.  We'll take Thomas as a RB3 (or late RB2) in PPR formats, but we're not chasing him this season.

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Saints RB Pierre Thomas returned to practice Monday after sitting out Friday's preseason opener with an undisclosed injury.  It was a full-pads workout, indicating that we shouldn't worry about Thomas' status going forward.  QB Drew Brees stayed on the side with his oblique strain but threw passes to WR Kenny Stills and ran with CB Champ Bailey, among other activities, according to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.

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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.

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9 months ago

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1 year ago

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.

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