Pierre Thomas RB NO 1 Day
Thomas (ribs) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
With Thomas out for Week 17, it should equal a particularly big workload for Mark Ingram. Travaris Cadet and Khiry Robinson could see a few more snaps than usual.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 3 Days
Thomas (ribs) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, the Saints' official site reports.
During Sunday's loss to the Falcons, Thomas left the game for good due to a foot injury, but his current absence was the result of a rib issue. Since the rest of the Saints' backfield is healthy, including their workhorse (Mark Ingram), Thomas' health may not be risked in the season finale. As a result, keep an eye on Thomas' status as the week unfolds.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 6 Days
Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Falcons, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.
With Thomas on the shelf, look for the Saints to lean heavily on Mark Ingram in the rushing attacking, with Khiry Robinson set to see work in a complementary role. Not much is known regarding the exact nature of Thomas's injury at the moment, but we'll be sure to monitor his practice status in advance of Week 17.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 7 Days
Thomas is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons due to a foot injury, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Thomas left the game in the second quarter, and will likely be relieved on third downs by Khiry Robinson until he is able to return. Mark Ingram should continue to serve as the lead back for the Saints.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 12 Days
Thomas caught 5-of-5 targets for 83 yards, adding 11 yards on two carries, in Monday's 31-15 win over the Bears.
Thomas recorded each of his five receptions before halftime, highlighted by gains of 39 and 31 yards in the first quarter, with the 39-yarder featuring a slew of broken tackles. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram unsurprisingly dominated the carries, picking up 59 yards and a touchdown on 17 totes. Khiry Robinson contributed 20 total yards on five touches (two receptions), while Travaris Cadet did not record a carry or target. The New Orleans offense gets another friendly matchup in Week 16 against the Falcons, though that may be better news for Ingram than for Thomas.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 20 Days
Thomas gained 38 yards on five carries and added another 14 yards on four receptions on six targets in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
Thomas found some success on the ground but the Saints quickly abandoned the run after falling behind by four touchdowns just minutes into the second half. Now healthy, Thomas should continue to have some value in PPR leagues, but he's more of a drain on Mark Ingram's value than a standalone fantasy option in standard scoring leagues, as he's simply not seeing a large enough workload to offer reliable value. If you're a fantasy owner in a really deep league, or simply desperate, Thomas does have a favorable matchup against a shaky Bears' defense in Week 15.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 27 Days
Thomas (shoulder) had three carries for 21 rushing yards and two catches on four targets for 16 receiving yards Sunday against the Steelers.
Mark Ingram dominated the touches out of the backfield (23 carries for 122 yards), and while Thomas was able to play a small part in the passing game, he was unable to catch one of Drew Brees' five touchdown passes. Thomas doesn't have a ton of upside in non-PPR leagues, as Ingram is clearly the workhorse back, and with his receptions so inconsistent, he makes for a fairly unreliable fantasy option.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 28 Days
Thomas (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Mark Ingram still figures to get a majority of the carries out of the backfield, but Thomas is the top option on passing downs, giving him much more value in PPR formats than standard ones.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 29 Days
Thomas (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Thomas made his return from his shoulder injury against Baltimore last week, and if that game is any indication, he should hold close to a monopoly on the New Orleans passing down work at running back. Although he ran just five times for 19 yards, he caught six passes for 37 yards.
Pierre Thomas RB NO 1 Month
Thomas (rib/shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.
After a four-game absence due to rib and shoulder ailments, Thomas returned to action this past Monday and promptly split the RB workload with Mark Ingram (shoulder). Thomas posted the most productive outing of the duo, turning five carries into 19 yards and six receptions into 37 yards. Meanwhile, Ingram didn't approach his 26 carries per contest from Thomas' absence, totaling 27 yards on 11 rushes and 15 yards on two catches. Week 13 presents a similar matchup against a Steelers defense that's middle of the road versus the pass and Top 10 against the run. Consequently, Thomas could again be the more relevant of the two running backs.