Tag:Pierre Thomas
Posted on: November 25, 2010 10:57 am
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Reggie Bush is back

Posted by Andy Benoit

Pro Football Talk has learned that Saints running back Reggie Bush will finally return to action Thursday against the Cowboys. The electrifying multipurpose weapon had been out since Week 2 with a fractured fibula.

Bush had expected to play this past Sunday against his former USC head coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks . However, head coach Sean Payton told Bush he’d have to wait a little longer, as the Saints were not comfortable with Bush’s mental preparation from the game (nothing personal, Bush had just missed several practices in the week leading up).

New Orleans is still without starting running back Pierre Thomas (foot/ankle), so Bush’s return does not mean a sudden end to the Chris Ivory era. Expect Bush to assume his usual third down back role. (Of course, given how much New Orleans may spread Dallas out, a third down back could see the majority of the snaps.) No word on whether Bush will return punts, but given that he’s reportedly 100 percent healthy, there’s no reason to think he won’t.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Reggie Bush inactive for Saints Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

All week long it seemed like Reggie Bush might play for the Saints on Sunday. Turns out, he will not, and he is inactive against the Seahawks.

Bush said he wanted to play, and multiple reports circulated throughout the week indicating he would be good to go against Seattle.

Even on Sunday morning, he was on the field warming up, but Sean Payton said he was going to run him hard and make sure Bush was 100 percent before activating the running back.

It appears that Bush didn't respond well enough to the warmups, as he's on the inactive list along with Pierre Thomas, Jeremy Shockey and Darren Sharper, to mention a few notables.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 6:01 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 9:20 pm
 

Week 11 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Packers @ Vikings

Brett Favre has a shoulder/ankle/elbow/chin/and probably something else, but he’s listed as probable and is 99.9999 percent certain to go. He’ll have his best receiver, Percy Harvin (ankle) available, and he’s also getting his former best receiver, Sidney Rice, back from hip surgery. No. 3 wideout BernardR. Bush (US Presswire) Berrian, however, is questionable with a groin injury. C John Sullivan (elbow) and G Anthony Herrera (calf) are both questionable, which is a problem given how slipshod the Vikings offensive line is on the outside.

For the Packers, the injury storm seems to be abating (either that or everyone has gone to IR already). WR Donald Driver (quad) and DL Ryan Pickett (ankle) aren’t expected to return yet, but the rest of the lineup is healthy.

Seahawks @ Saints

Reggie Bush (fibula) is likely back and eager to stick it to his former USC coach. Starting RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) is still out, though. It’s starting to seem unlikely that Thomas will return at all in 2010. TE Jeremy Shockey is out with a rib injury, and FS Darren Sharper won’t play due to a bad hamstring. That’s noteworthy because Sharper’s replacement, rising first-rounder Malcom Jenkins, is questionable with a neck. Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is also questionable (ankle); Sean Payton will make a decision on him just before kickoff.

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck has a crack in his non-throwing wrist. He’ll play, but he won’t get to throw to Brandon Stokley (calf) or Golden Tate (ankle).

Redskins @ Titans

CB DeAngelo Hall does not have a hamstring injury, though expect that to change if Randy Moss beats him on a deep route. RB Ryan Torain DOES have a hamstring injury and won’t play. Fortunately, Clinton Portis is back after missing five games with a bad groin. Portis may not have RG Artis Hicks (thigh) to run behind, but Hicks is probably on the cusp of losing his starting job anyway. S LaRon Landry (Achilles) and CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) are questionable.

The Titans are still without Kenny Britt (why do you think they signed Moss?) and they’ll play without TE Craig Stevens (knee scope) for the next few weeks. QB Kerry Collins (calf) is doubtful, which means Jeff Fisher avoids having to make a tough call on Vince Young. CB Vincent Fuller did not practice due to a hamstring injury.

UPDATE 9:20 p.m. ET: Landry and Rogers are both out for the Redskins.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 6:57 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bucs @ Falcons

The Bucs will once again be without starting offensive linemen Jeff Faine (quad) and Jeremy Trueblood (knee). Also missing is fullback Earnest Graham, which is noteworthy because his lead-blocking abilities fit perfectly in what has become a strict power run approach for this offense. Wideout Sammie Stroughter did not practice all week due to a foot injury. Thus, rookie Arrelious Benn has a chance to start carving out a true niche in this offense (Benn caught a 53-yard touchdown pass last week, but that’s basically been the extent of his contributions).

The Falcons likely will not have OLB Sean Weatherspoon; the first-round rookie has been out since Week 5 with a knee injury. Fullback Ovie Mughelli is questionable with a hamstring. That’s crucial because Atlanta’s best approach against this Tampa Bay D is to pound them between the tackles on the ground.

Saints @ Panthers

Does Drew Brees have a fractured knee and torn meniscus or not? The Saints are saying no – in fact, Brees is not even listed on the injury report. Running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are both still out (Bush is technically listed as doubtful this week). Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is out with an ankle, though the Panthers do not have the aerial firepower to take advantage anyway. Besides, both Saints starting corners, Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, who missed the Steeler game, are probable after practicing all week.

Carolina’s 28th-ranked rushing attack will once again be missing RT Jeff Otah (knee) and RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Giants @ Seahawks

No Shaun O’Hara for New York. Thus, Adam Koets, who has decent movement skills but lacks O’Hara’s nastiness and veteran shrewdness at the second level in the run game, will be the fulcrum of the offensive line. The Giants are coming off a bye, which explains why basically everyone else (save for OT Will Beatty and FB Madison Hedgecock) is healthy.

The Seahawks are starting Charlie Whitehurst in place of injured Matt Hasselbeck (concussion). Rookie receiver Golden Tate (ankle) is also out for Seattle. And, likely, so is rookie LT Russell Okung (ankle). Because Tyler Polumbus is questionable with a knee injury – and, frankly, because he does not begin to have quick enough feet to handle Osi Umenyiora – the Seahawks will likely turn to veteran Chester Pitts.

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:25 pm
 

Week 8 injury report analysis Part IV

Posted by Andy Benoit

Vikings @ Patriots

You may have heard that there is some question as to whether Brett Favre will play on his fractured ankle. With the exception of a few limited drills on Friday, Favre did not practice all week. But he expects to play. The only other Vikings who are classified as anything worse than “probable” are CB Lito Sheppard and G Chris DeGeare. But nobody cares about either of those guys because they’re not Brett Favre.

Read into the Patriots injury report what you will. RB Fred Taylor (toe) and S Jarrad Page (calf) are both out. WR Deion Branch (hamstring), S Patrick Chung (knee) and DE Mike Wright (knee) are questionable. Expect Branch and Chung to play. Also, in true Patriot spirit, QB Tom Brady is probable with a right shoulder.

Seahawks @ Raiders

Five of Seattle’s questionable players did not participate in practice: OT Russell Okung (ankle), CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring), DT Brandon Mebane (calf), RB Michael Robinson (hamstring) and CB Walter Thurmond (head). The Jennings and Thurmond injuries catch your eye because it could mean Seattle has to rely heavily on undrafted second-year pros Roy Lewis and Nate Ness. Expect backup safety Jordan Babineaux to get work at corner (Babineaux has been very effective in this role before).

The injuries at cornerback may actually be offset by Oakland’s injuries at wide receiver. Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee) are both out. Backup wideout Nick Miller (ankle) and go-to guy Zach Miller are also questionable (foot). Both were limited in practice this week. The man in charge of throwing these players the ball, QB Bruce Gradkowski, is questionable with the shoulder problem that has sidelined him the past few weeks.

Steelers @ Saints

Saints running backs Reggie Bush (fibula) and Pierre Thomas (ankle) are both out. Both players are frustrated, as they originally expected to be back by now. An X-ray last.

Saturday revealed that Bush’s fibula still had a visible fracture; Thomas is currently on crutches.

The Saints do not expect to get star cornerback Jabari Greer back this week. He’s listed as doubtful after sitting out Week 7 with a shoulder injury. The good news is No. 2 corner Tracy Porter IS expected to return after missing the last three games with a knee injury.
Aside from starting defensive ends Brett Keisel (hamstring) and Aaron Smith (triceps), the Steelers are healthy. Keisel and Smith may not be household names, but they’re significant pieces in Dick LeBeau’s defense. This will be the first time that Pittsburgh truly leans on first-round pick Ziggy Hood.

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 1:34 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 2:32 pm
 

We may not see Reggie Bush until Week 11

Posted by Andy Benoit
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If you’re expecting to see Reggie Bush take the field for the Saints' Halloween night showdown against the Steelers, don’t get your hopes up. CBS’s Saints Rapid Reporter says Bush had an X-ray on his fractured fibula Saturday, and that the fracture was still visible.

The Saints face the Panthers in Week 9 and then have a bye in Week 10. If Bush can’t play vs. Pittsburgh, it would make sense to be cautious and hold him out one more week and then bring him back 100 percent off the bye.

An equally-critical key for New Orleans is getting Pierre Thomas back from his ankle injury. Thomas is a between-the-tackles pounder who can also help out in the passing game. There is a report from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that Sean Payton is growing impatient with Thomas’ slow recovery. The running back has been out since Week 3.

UPDATE: Larry Holder, the Saints Rapid Reporter, says that Bush is going to try to run on his leg for the first time Tuesday.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:56 pm
 

Pierre Thomas will miss a third straight game

Posted by Andy BenoitP. Thomas

As was the case last week, Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled out for Sunday’s game due to an ankle injury. Thomas has missed the past two games.

The Saints were prepared for this. They signed Julius Jones earlier in the week to bolster their running back depth. It has been mixed results with Ladell Betts and Chris Ivory sharing the load lately.

This Sunday the Saints face a Bucs defense that ranks 30th against the run.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Pierre Thomas out for Week 5

Posted by Andy Benoit

The New Orleans Saints will be without top running back Pierre Thomas for a second straight game. Thomas hasP. Thomas (US Presswire) not practiced since injuring his ankle against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

According to James Varney of the Times-Picayune, Thomas would try to play if this were a playoff game. But it’s Week 5, and the fourth-year pro has the rest of the season to consider. Plus, Thomas is yet to even run full speed on the ankle (he’s mainly been doing underwater exercises).

The Saints, of course, are already without No. 2 running back (and No. 1 mismatch creator) Reggie Bush. This means Ladell Betts and undrafted rookie Chris Ivory will share the rushing load against the Cardinals. This formula was efficient against the Panthers last week. Ivory rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries; Betts rushed for 47 yards on 13 carries.

Perhaps influencing the Saints’ decision to wait on Thomas is the fact that the Cardinals are currently giving up 154.8 yards per game on the ground, third worst in the NFL.

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