Pierre Thomas demonstrated how important he is to the New Orleans Saints’ offense on Sunday, gaining 60 yards on six carries and scoring the Saints’ first touchdown as they got out to a 17-0 lead against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And then he demonstrated how important he is with his absence: Thomas left the game with a rib injury, the Saints stalled, and they ultimately lost 20-17.
But there’s good news for Saints fans, as Thomas told the New Orleans Times-Picayune after the game that he thinks he’ll be fine.
If Thomas is fine, the Saints would likely use him in week 17. Coach Sean Payton has indicated that he believes it’s important to have momentum heading into the playoffs — and the way his team has been playing lately, the Saints could stand to build up some momentum next week.