Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush both missed New Orleans’ recent preseason pasting of the Oakland Raiders, but coach Sean Payton isn’t losing sleep over it.
Payton tentatively plans to get Bush back on the field this Thursday for a quarter in the team’s preseason finale. Bush worked out before the Raiders game, but the Saints decided to hold him out after a recent calf injury.
Thomas and Bush have combined for just 13 preseason carries, and Thomas might not add to the total Thursday. He’s “questionable” for the game, although Payton expects his lead running back to be ready for the team’s tasty opening matchup at home against Detroit.
Bush has proven throughout his career he’s not cut out for a full workload of carries, and Thomas’ struggles this preseason could lead Payton to be cautious with both of them.