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Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is probable for Monday night's game against the Ravens.  He put in 3 limited practices this week and is set to return to his pass-catching role.  Consider Thomas a risky RB3 or flex in PPR leagues in his 1st game since Week 7.  RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) is out again.  He still hasn't returned to practice and has no timetable for return.  RB Mark Ingram will remain New Orleans' clear lead ball carrier against Baltimore.

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Saints RB Pierre Thomas returned to the practice field Thursday for the 1st time since suffering shoulder and rib injuries back in Week 7. He was limited in the team's 1st workout leading up to the Monday-night visit by Baltimore and wouldn't say whether he expects to play in the game. Even if Thomas does return to game action this week, he'll make for a high-risk, low-reward fantasy option. Baltimore has allowed the 4th fewest PPR fantasy points to RBs so far, and Mark Ingram has taken over the New Orleans backfield during Thomas' absence. Khiry Robinson remains out with the arm injury that has sidelined him since Week 7.

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Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) are both out for Week 11. That means another big workload for RB Mark Ingram against a Bengals defense allowing 4.5 yards per carry. Fire him up as a high-end RB1.

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Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) remained sidelined on Wednesday.  Neither player seems likely to return for this weekend's game against the Bengals.  That'll mean another big workload for RB Mark Ingram vs. the league's 29th-ranked RB defense.

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Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) are out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. That means another big ball-carrying role for RB Mark Ingram. He’s a strong fantasy play, especially with 49ers LB Patrick Willis likely out. RB Travaris Cadet will continue to play in passing situations but is only a low-end play in PPR leagues.

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Saints RBs Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) remained sidelined on Wednesday.  Neither looks like a strong bet to return for this weekend's game against the 49ers.  That'll mean another big ball-carrying role for RB Mark Ingram and a significant passing-down role for RB Travaris Cadet.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB Pierre Thomas is expected to miss 2-3 games with the shoulder injury he suffered this past weekend. The Saints hosts the Packers this Sunday night, then get the Panthers and 49ers.  Thomas' absence could mean a few extra carries for RB Mark Ingram, but RB Travaris Cadet looks like the real winner.  He's caught 15 of 18 targets for 129 yards and a score over the last 3 games.  Five of those targets came after Thomas left in the 3rd quarter this past weekend.  Cadet could be a sneaky PPR play in what should be a shootout against Green Bay this Sunday.

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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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