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Thu, 16 May 2013 16:08:24 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he does not want his personal goals to outweigh the team's goals this season. "I just want to go out there and do what I can to help the team win a championship," Ingram said. "Of course I want to have a big year individually. But, you know, the main goal is to win games and stay healthy and be out there on the field on Sundays." Ingram said he is fine with sharing carries with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.
Thu, 09 May 2013 10:49:16 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas said head coach Sean Payton wants more focus on the running game this season. "There's going to be more focus this year on that ground game than any year. He said we've got to get back to running the ball, having 100-yard games non-stop. I can't wait. I'm excited and I know everybody else is excited," Payton said.
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:38:11 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) has been placed on Injured Reserve.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:35:00 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 28, and has been ruled out.
Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:26:22 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:33:51 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:09:51 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:30:55 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:51:23 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory had eight carries for a team-high 34 yards in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers. RB Mark Ingram had 10 carries, but he managed just 27 yards. RB Pierre Thomas had one carry for no gain. Meanwhile, RB Darren Sproles had no carries, but he did post a team-high seven catches and 65 yards.
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:59:06 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram carried 12 times for a team-best 67 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders. RB Chris Ivory spelled him eight times for 37 yards, and RB Pierre Thomas came on for five carries and 30 yards.
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:32:31 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Joe Vitt said the team is enamored with all three of their running back options with RB Darren Sproles (hand) out. "We've liked all three running backs since we acquired them. Pierre Thomas has done a phenomenal job since he's been with us since '07. Pierre has great balance. He's a great screen back. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. We know that Chris Ivory is one of those guys who can run with power and can make you miss. Mark Ingram, we believe is an elite back, who after having some offseason surgery is starting to come around," Vitt said. He added that the team created a specific game plan for each back this past week in order to give all three of them some touches.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:56:17 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas carried five times for 10 yards in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, and he added one catch for six yards.
Fantasy Tip: Thomas looked to be re-emerging as a solid fantasy option a couple of weeks ago, but he was right back to laying an egg in this one.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:02:27 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram posted 44 rushing yards on seven carries in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Nov. 5, while RB Pierre Thomas managed 44 yards on six totes. Thomas also chipped in with two catches for 26 yards while Ingram had a pair of grabs for 23 yards.
Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:55:46 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had nine carries for a team-high 30 yards in the Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers, and he added two catches for 40 yards. RB Mark Ingram carried five times for just 16 yards.
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:38:26 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had nine carries for just 14 yards in the Week 4 game against the Green Bay Packers. He also had two receptions for minus-1 yard in the forgettable afternoon.
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:38:03 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas carried nine times for 110 yards in Week 2 against Carolina Panthers. It was his fourth career 100-yard game, and his first since Sept. 27, 2009, against the Buffalo Bills.
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 17:02:45 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had a team-high 17 rushing yards on four carries in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, while RB Mark Ingram managed just 15 yards on six totes. RB Darren Sproles did not have any carries, although he was able to post 35 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. The Saints will look for more running room in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, a team which allowed 95 yards on the ground to Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin in Week 1.
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 07:23:21 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas said it was about time QB Drew Brees was signed to a new deal. Thomas also does not think Brees is overpaid despite signing a five-year, $100 million contract. "My reaction was, about time. It's about time," Thomas said. "He deserves it. He does a lot for this organization, he does a lot for New Orleans. He busts his butt to get the position where he's at in his career. He's set so many records, the man is a coach of the game, a teacher of the game and he's a player too. He's a great guy and you want to see greatness for him. I'm proud and I'm happy for him."
Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:52:30 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas said he has recovered from the head injury he suffered in the playoffs.
Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:57:50 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (head) was limited to just two total touches in the Divisional Round playoff game loss against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Jan. 14. Thomas ran once for six yards while posting one reception for five yards.
Sat, 14 Jan 2012 13:41:16 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (head) went to locker room after taking a blow to the head in the Divisional Round playoff game.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 20:54:21 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas carried eight times for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Wild Card game win Saturday, Jan. 7, against the Detroit Lions. Thomas also had six receptions 55 yards.
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:18:24 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas was fined $12,500 Thursday, Dec. 29, for a uniform violation and touchdown celebration in Week 16 when he placed a bow on the football and gave it to a fan after he scored a touchdown. He also was fined for wearing Christmas-themed green and red tape on his uniform.
Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:52:33 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had nine carries for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Dec. 26. He also added two catches for just four yards. Thomas was flagged for excessive celebration, after pulling a Christmas bow from his uniform, attaching it to a football, and presenting the football to a fan after his first quarter score.
Sun, 04 Dec 2011 22:14:10 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had two carries for 10 yards in Week 13 against the Detroit Lions, and he managed just two catches for 11 yards. After totaling 110 yards from scrimmage with a score in Week 12, Thomas saw his fewest rushes and total touches of the season in Week 13.
Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:03:09 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday, Nov. 30, that the running back situation is not set in stone, and the coaching staff will look at it closely each week. "We value (RB Chris Ivory's) ability," Payton said. Ivory was a healthy inactive in Week 12, as he appears fourth on the depth chart behind RB Mark Ingram and veteran RBs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:33:48 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had eight carries for 63 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the New York Giants Monday, Nov. 18, and he added three catches for 47 yards. The 110 yards from scrimmage was the second-highest total of the season for Thomas, bested only in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts in another blowout win.
Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:54:56 -0700
New Orleans Saints RBs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas each saw 26 snaps on offense in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts, while RB Mark Ingram was in for 27 snaps.
Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:08:59 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had 10 carries for 57 yards in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts. He was also able to haul in five receptions for 68 yards. His 125 total yards from scrimmage was by far a season best.
Sun, 16 Oct 2011 20:19:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had seven carries for just 11 yards in Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas also had a five-yard reception and he lost a fumble.
Wed, 05 Oct 2011 21:41:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry to 5.0 yards per carry for RB Pierre Thomas. However, Ingram is getting nearly all of the short-yardage and goal-line carries against heavier fronts. Ingram has 10 carries when the team needs one yard for a first down, while Thomas has none. Overall, Ingram has 53 carries to just 27 for Thomas.
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:25:56 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have three talented running backs in Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, and head coach Sean Payton said the integration of the three on the field is a "work in progress." Payton said the coaching staff thinks a lot about the way the three backs will be utilized during games.
"If you separate Darren's role a little bit, if you start with some nickel packages and a little bit of this 'lighting' term we use where we're wanting him specifically on the field much like with Reggie. I don't want to say that's easy, but that becomes the easy part of the equation. So if we can establish that we have a package that involves Sproles both in the nickel and in the base, then I think the bigger trick is coming up with a ways between Pierre and Mark," Payton said.
Payton said the team tries to give both Ingram and Thomas some semblance of a rhythm, allowing each a couple series at a time on offense. "That whole time there are some times and groupings that might trump whatever the rotation might be. But there's a lot of thought given to it," he added.
He added there may not be an exact science to the rotation and the backs want to see their involvement in the offense with the game plan and how the game unfolds.
Ingram currently leads the team with 91 yards rushing on 27 carries.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:43:33 -0700
New Orleans Saints RP Pierre Thomas looks healthy this year after putting up just 3.2 yards per carry a year ago. After two games this year, Thomas has 5.1 yards per carry, while RB Mark Ingram is at 3.3 yards per tote.
Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:58:14 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had nine carries for 41 yards and two receptions for 14 yards in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears.
Thu, 08 Sep 2011 21:48:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas had five carries for 31 yards, while adding four grabs for 37 yards, in the Week 1 game Thursday, Sept. 8, against the Green Bay Packers. Thomas totaled nine touches to 13 for rookie RB Mark Ingram.
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:09:36 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (undisclosed) was able to practice Wednesday, Aug. 31, after missing the session Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:52:13 -0700
New Orleans Saints RBs Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas have alternated reps during training camp with the first-string offense. Both players have had their moments and either Ingram or Thomas will end up as the team's primary ball carrier this season. However, the running back spot for head coach Sean Payton's offense is similar to the receiver position. It does not matter which player starts, the reps at the end will likely be similar between the two backs.
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:57:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) said he is about 85 percent healthy as he makes his return from offseason ankle surgery. He fully participated in the team's first training camp practice, but fumbled twice and wasn't happy with himself. Thomas said he was rusty because he spent most of the offseason rehabbing and not doing football activities. The surgery was done to tighten up some loose ligaments and joints, and he did not require any screws being inserted into his ankle.
Tue, 21 Jun 2011 07:34:54 -0700
Two New Orleans Saints coaches insisted that, despite the selection of RB Mark Ingram in the first round of the NFL Draft, the team is not shopping RB Pierre Thomas. "He's here," said one coach when asked about some reports that Thomas might now be expendable. "We've seen firsthand that you can't have enough (backs)."
Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:49:11 -0700
The New Orleans Saints may consider trading RB Pierre Thomas this offseason because the team has a number of running backs on the roster and Thomas may have some trade value.
Tue, 17 May 2011 23:41:06 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) might not be back at full strength when training camp starts, although he shed his walking boot in mid-April and is making progress in his recovery from major offseason ankle surgery.
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:39:25 -0700
The New Orleans Saints insist they are not planning to run RB Reggie Bush out of town now that they have selected RB Mark Ingram in the NFL Draft. However, Bush is concerned that he will become even more minimized in a backfield that is suddenly overstocked with RBs Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory. Although he is under contract with the Saints for one more year at $11.8 million, the Saints probably won't bring Bush back at that price tag. So he will either need to agree to a new contract with the Saints, or they will allow him to leave and become a free agent.
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:46:58 -0700
Continuing a previous storyline, New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush, via Twitter, congratulated rookie RB Mark Ingram on being selected by the Saints and added Ingram "will be a great addition to the Saints backfield just as he was in Alabama." This followed Bush's tweet saying: "It's been fun New Orleans." It sounded like Bush thought the addition of Ingram to the Saints will push him out, which may be true. Bush, however, may have overreacted.
Head coach Sean Payton gave strong indications the Saints had every intention to keep Bush moving forward, and implied the two sides talked before the lockout about some form of contract extension to lessen the amount Bush is owed this year. Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis have always seemed to view him as an important part of the team and the addition of Ingram doesn't necessarily make him expendable. Trading Bush would be difficult, and releasing a player with his talent may not appeal to the Saints.
The Saints, with the addition of Ingram, now have a deep backfield with Bush, Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Lynell Hamilton on roster.
Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:59:17 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) said on his Twitter page that he is no longer wearing a protective boot on his surgically repaired ankle, reports Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:49:19 -0700
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he believes RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) will be ready for the start of training camp, reports Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:27:07 -0800
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) said he has received clearance to walk on his surgically repaired ankle and will begin rehab soon, according to CBSSports.com.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:11:40 -0800
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas signed a four-year, $12 million deal Thursday, March 3, according to SportingNews.com's Vinnie Iyer.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 13:40:47 -0800
The New Orleans Saints agreed to a four-year deal with RB Pierre Thomas Thursday, March 3, according to NewOrleansSaints.com. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 07:57:22 -0800
The New Orleans Saints have placed the second-round tender on impending free-agent RB Pierre Thomas, a source told Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:04:41 -0800
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) had an extensive scope on his ankle, and his rehabilitation should last into the offseason, reports Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.