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Thomas had eight carries for 30 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as three catches on three targets for 21 receiving yards Sunday against the Vikings.

With Mark Ingram sidelined due to a hand injury, Khiry Robinson led the team with 18 carries, though Thomas got the goal-line carry in the first quarter. Combined with his ability to contribute in the passing game, Thomas should see a little bump in his fantasy value if he can grab the goal-line looks while Ingram is out.

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With ESPN.com reporting that Mark Ingram could miss at least a month with a hand injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the Browns, Thomas could be in line for an increased workload.

Ingram has started the year red hot, emphatically laying claim to the majority of the Saints' rushing workload, with Thomas serving in a more complimentary receiving role. While Thomas' duties as the primary receiving back will continue, it is expected that he will take on a larger share of the workload on the ground in Ingram's absence. Still, don't expect Thomas suddenly become a workhorse for the Saints. Khiry Robinson, a talented runner who impressed when pressed into action in last year's playoffs, should also see a number carries, quite possibly the majority, as well as much of the goal line work. But, with one less back to compete with for touches, Thomas' fantasy value deserves a bump in most leagues.

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Thomas had three carries for 16 rushing yards and three catches on four targets for 21 receiving yards Sunday against the Browns.

Thomas isn't expected to get too many carries this season, with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson getting most of the looks out of the backfield, which leaves Thomas susceptible to any issues in the passing game, of which there were many Sunday. Possibly also concerning is that Ingram, who is not known to be much of a receiver, finished with more targets and receiving yards than Thomas. Thankfully for the Saints they return home next weekend to face the Vikings, and with quarterback Drew Brees' success in New Orleans, Thomas could have a bounce back game to help in many PPR leagues.

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Thomas was in the game on 34 of the Saints' 75 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss in Atlanta, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram took 20 snaps, and Travaris Cadet and Khiry Robinson each took 12, respectively.

It's no surprise that the Saints' leaned heavily on the veteran Thomas in a heavily contested rivalry game, and Triplett expects a similar snap distribution all year. Thomas may not see too many touchdowns, as both Ingram and Robinson appear to be the preferred options around the goal line, but Thomas should continue to post plenty of catches with Darren Sproles now in Philadelphia, making him an asset in PPR leagues.

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Thomas had seven carries for 31 rushing yards and six catches on seven targets for 58 receiving yards Sunday against the Falcons.

Mark Ingram finished with 13 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns, while Khiry Robinson had six carries for 28 yards and a touchdown, though Thomas was still heavily used in the passing game. It seems the Saints will continue to use a committee-approach, with Thomas getting most of his looks in the passing game, keeping him very relevant in most PPR leagues.

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Thomas gained 13 yards on three carries and 66 yards on four receptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

Thomas has mostly been active as a pass catcher this preseason, which meshes with the training camp reports. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will get most of the carries, but Thomas is the obvious choice to handle most of the work on passing downs, a role that could be quite lucrative now that Darren Sproles is in Philly.

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Thomas caught three passes for 27 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Titans.

Thomas, who is expected to work as part of a three-headed backfield with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, provided a preview of things to come Friday night. While always a major threat in the passing game, Thomas figures to be even more reception-minded than usual this season. Of course, that's saying a lot, given that he recorded 77 receptions and 147 carries last year. The Saints seemingly want Thomas to get fewer carries this year, but the veteran still figures to work as the third-down back in an offense that no longer has Darren Sproles.

Pierre Thomas RB NO 1 Month

Thomas (unspecified issue) returned to practice Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Thomas missed this past Friday's preseason game against the Rams and then sat out practice Sunday. Now back on the field, he would appear to have a solid shot to play this coming Friday against the Titans. At this stage, Thomas is listed as the third back on the Saints' unofficial posted depth chart behind Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, but following the departure of Darren Sproles, his ability as a pass-catcher should keep Thomas of interest, notably in PPR formats, even if he does find himself in a committee situation.

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Thomas (undisclosed injury) did not practice on Sunday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

There's no word yet on what's ailing Thomas, who missed Friday's preseason game, but so far there has been nothing to suggest that he is dealing with a long-term issue.

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Thomas was held out of Friday's preseason opener against the Rams, with no explanation given, New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson shined, which isn't particularly concerning for Thomas, who figures to work as the reception-minded part of a committee. What would actually be concerning is if Thomas were held out due to an injury, though he's only missed one game over the last three seasons.