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RB Pierre Thomas - New Orleans Saints

5-10, 205Born: 12-18-1984College: IllinoisDrafted: ---

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New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Thomas left the Saints' matchup with the Lions due to a shoulder injury of unspecified severity. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Thomas left the Lions game with a shoulder injury, and it's not clear that he offers more on his passing game touches than Travaris Cadet. His weekly scoring range will only get more volatile with three other healthy and useful backs in New Orleans, and he is likely to be out for 2-3 weeks. He's droppable in short bench leagues.

General News (Fri Oct 24): is out for this weekend's game.

General News (Wed Oct 22): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Oct 21): is expected to miss two to three weeks due to a shoulder injury, according to sources.

Week 8: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Saints' backs utterly failed last week - Pierre Thomas got hurt early (shoulder injury) and is out for a few weeks. Khiry Robinson (3/26/0 rushing) was held behind a rusty Mark Ingram (10/16/0 rushing with 2/13/0 receiving, NOT what his fantasy owners wanted to see) last week, but may inherit some of Thomas' work in the rushing phase this week. Travaris Cadet handled nine targets for 6/51/0 receiving last week and may end up being the passing-down back with Thomas out. There are still a lot of mouths to feed on this unit even though Thomas is out of the picture. The Packers average 147.9 rushing yards allowed per game (31st in the NFL) with seven rushing scores given up to date. Carolina managed 25/108/0 rushing at Lambeau Field last week; Miami had 23/112/1 rushing two games ago. During October, the defensive front has tightened up somewhat in this phase of the game. At home in N'Arlins, we give the Saints multi-headed monster the edge.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at DAL 2 8 0 2 2 15 0 0
5 vs TB 4 35 1 10 8 77 1 0
7 at DET 6 13 0 4 4 17 0 0
8 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs TB (4 / 35 / 1 rush, 10 / 8 / 77 / 1 rec)

Thomas had a strong game in which he made a number of key plays. He was effective as an underneath target in the passing game as an outlet for Brees. With the Saints facing 3rd and 12 from the Bucs 15, Thomas caught a short screen pass as Tampa's aggressive D brought pressure and were outnumbered on the flank. Thomas followed his blockers and dove untouched into the end zone for the first TD of the game. In the fourth quarter, Thomas showed a nice burst and very good vision as he took a toss from Brees towards the near sideline, cut upfield, weaved through traffic, and used a nice stiff arm inside the five to get into the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown run. Thomas is not quite as explosive as Cadet in the passing game nor as powerful as Robinson in the inside run game, but his combination of above average rushing and receiving skills made him the most impactful of the Saints RBs against Tampa.

2014 Week 7 vs DET (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Thomas was the most effective and involved Saints RB before leaving the game in the 3rd quarter with a shoulder injury. Thomas had a solid, if unspectacular, day in which he ran hard, pass blocked well and gave Brees a nice pass outlet on many occasions. Thomas had a strong catch and run for a first down on 2nd-and-10 with the Saints backed up deep in their own territory in the first half that got them off ad running on a long scoring drive. Thomas led the RBs in snaps before his injury and had a nice gainer called back on a holding penalty. He caught the ball on the right sideline and powered his way for a solid gain before delivering a blow to the DB at the end of the run and re-aggravating his injury.

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Latest News

Saints | Pierre Thomas to miss Week 8 (Fri Oct 24, 04:08 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and has been ruled out for Week 8.

Our View: Travaris Cadet will be the primary receiving back with Thomas out, and it should also add a few touches to Mark Ingram's workload. Whether Thomas is worth carrying through his injury depends on the scoring system and bench size of your league, and your current RB corps, but it is not a slam dunk.
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Saints | Pierre Thomas sits out of practice (Thu Oct 23, 04:21 PM) - New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: Thomas is likely out especially with Mark Ingram back. We see Ingram as a lower-end RB2 with Travaris Cadet as a low-end RB3 play.
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Saints | Pierre Thomas does not practice (Wed Oct 22, 04:37 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Our View: Thomas might not be able to play this week. With Thomas and Khiry Robinson (forearm) both banged up, we could see a larger role for Mark Ingram in Week 8 against the Packers.
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Saints | Pierre Thomas out 2-3 weeks (Tue Oct 21, 08:45 AM) - New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss two to three weeks due to a shoulder injury, according to sources.

Our View: Keep this in mind when you're looking at Travaris Cadet on the waiver wire. Mark Ingram returned last week, but Cadet is turning into their primary receiving back. He should get a larger role with Thomas out.
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Saints | Pierre Thomas injured (Sun Oct 19, 03:27 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) left the team's Week 7 game early because of a shoulder injury.

Our View: Travaris Cadet will take over as the primary receiving back and he could have value in PPR leagues on the waiver wire.

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Schedule

8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers