Pierre Thomas out on Saturday night

Reuters

The Saints will not have Pierre Thomas on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Thomas, who suffered a chest injury in the regular season finale against the Buccaneers on Sunday, has been declared out for the playoff game against the Eagles.

That had been expected after Thomas missed practice this week, but it’s still tough news for New Orleans. Thomas was the Saints’ leading rusher with 549 yards during the regular season, and he was second on the team with 77 catches. He’s a big part of the offense.

With Thomas out, the Saints will rely more on running backs Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Khiry Robinson.

Other than Thomas, the Saints are fairly healthy. The only other players listed on their injury report are linebacker Keyunta Dawson (questionable with a calf injury) and safety Rafael Bush (probable with an ankle injury).

52 responses to “Pierre Thomas out on Saturday night

  1. So now we HAVE to use mark ingram. Good. I don’t know whats Sean Payton is thinking sometimes. Mark has been running very well lately but he’ll only get 6-9 carries a game. We can run the ball but Payton seems like he doesnt want to. Get mark in I formation and pound the rock! It’s so infuriating watching us throw deep on 3rd and 2 or stupid trick plays. JUST RUN THE BALL.

  2. I feel like if you’re ranked 25th with your top back in there you are already one dimensional with or without him.

  3. 25th ranked rushing team just lost their key back. Saints become one dimensional and get shut down. Birds win!

    With the way the Saints run the ball they are always one dimensional. The problem is there passing is hard to stop even when you expect it. The place where the Saints will miss Thomas the most is the screen game.

    I think Sproles and Ingram will step up.

  4. You may be tempted to think that this doesn’t matter since the Saints are such a pass-dependent team, but that would be a mistake. The fact of the matter is that when you don’t run the ball at least 30% of the time, it’s nearly impossible to pass since defenses (even bad ones) can key in on the pass and shut it down very effectively.

    The key to passing isn’t necessarily running well, it’s running often. If the Saints want to win against the Eagles, they had better remember that and feed the ball to Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles at least 1/3 of the time.

  5. Time for Mark Ingram to prove his worth! Hopefully he’s a lot more clutch than that Packers Saints game a couple years back. He got STUFFED!

  6. And people thought it was a joke when I posted the eiggles always face a team with one of the opposing teams offensive threats out of the line-up,,, its every friggin week

  7. I like this comment “Eagles fans, let me introduce you to K. ROB and Mark Ingram 2.0”. Well Saints fans, let me introduce you to LeSean McCoy the best RB in the league, Bryce Brown the beast, and Chris Polk our power running back… Keep talkin boys

  8. I watched plenty of Saints games this year, Thomas was in the pass game as much as the run game. Brees would check down to him on a lot of plays.

  9. I don’t have a dog in this fight, but my Hawks are waiting for the victor. I just gotta say that even if the Saint run game is as saggy as my mother in law this season, we are still talking about Sproles and Ingram, both of whom are more than capable of getting the big play. It wouldn’t be very smart to completely count the run game our screen pass in general.

  10. a blow to the Saints, Pierre Thomas is always clutch in big games, hopefully the Mark Ingram we’ve seen lately is the one that shows up for this game, he does have big game experience playing for the NCAA championship…

  11. Philadelphia might as well dare the Saints’ rushing attack to beat them, while focusing almost entirely upon stifling Drew Brees and the passing game. An Eagles victory will be hinged significantly on their defense’s ability to get stops, and more specifically on the amount of pressure they get on the QB. If Philly proves ineffective at getting to Brees, and he subsequently has all day to find his receivers…there is little to no chance that Philly escapes with a victory. Foles is so reliable, and him and McCoy can be counted on to keep the birds in the game, BUT…late in the game it’s going to come to a situation where the Philly defense needs to come up with a BIG TIME stop.

    Drew Brees is a future Hall-of-famer, a very tough guy to beat…and depending on the result, this game will either crush the spirits of the Eagles players, or instill a glowing confidence into them heading into the 2nd round of the playoffs.

  12. This is inconsequential because the Saints always find a way to lose on the road. Without PT, somebody else will have to step up and fail.

  13. rglll,giantsbackfield,ellington,bush,peterson,romo, rodgers,freeman,when they face a full squad they lose ie Broncos ,Chiefs, Chargers

  14. And the luckiest team in football keeps getting lucky. Third leading rusher they avoided this yr due to injury. Bush and ellington the others. Both would have been losses and they’d have been out of the playoffs. Saints still torch that garbage def. Saints big.

  15. People don’t understand how the Saints offense works. If you want to say they’re 25th in rushing so they suck you are mistaken. All those little 10-foot flare passes Brees throws are the exact same thing as a running play. How many offenses have ever had two running backs catch 70+ passes? Just one, the Saints.

    Thomas’ absence will hurt the Saints mostly in the deep passing game because he is so good at blitz pickups. In a way that is a good thing because it will force Payton to pay attention to his play calls instead of throwing caution to the wind and airing it out on every play.

    Mark Ingram is going to run like a stud race horse through that Philly D.

  16. Should be a good game anyway. The Saints ain’t who we think they are(esp on the road) but neither are the Eagles. Those 2 teams just aren’t that great.

  17. they just need eddi lacey,marshawn lynch and moreno to go down and they win a super bowl the eiggle trust me are so overrated it aint even funny

  18. Gumbo we were one dimensional before!

    If Drew is on Saints win every time. You can watch the first two drives and know the outcome every time. If his passes are sailing game over. It’s not Payton’s fault either the line just can’t block who knew loosing Kromer to the Bears would be such a hit?

    I hate to say it but the only way to win is accept being one dimensional and embrace it. We are better when we just go 2:00 min drill and leave it all on Brees. Forget defense, forget running, forget T.O.P and just throw the ball all the time.

    The Saints miss Thomas because you just can’t replace the best screen play runner in the NFL but our other weapons are going to have to step it up.

  19. captainwisdom8888 once said:
    “depending on the result, this game will either crush the spirits of the Eagles players, or instill a glowing confidence into them heading into the 2nd round of the playoffs.”

    don’t think losing this game will affect the eagles players or fans at all. team went from 4-12 with that dolt andy reid, to division champ in 1 year.

  20. Eagle fans will have to rely on throwing snowballs at Saints bench, coaches, cheerleaders, refs, etc to ease the pain of the upcoming beat down. I would say to the fans to stay classy, but that is not possible!

  21. s0merand0mguy says: Jan 3, 2014 5:17 PM

    I like this comment “Eagles fans, let me introduce you to K. ROB and Mark Ingram 2.0″. Well Saints fans, let me introduce you to LeSean McCoy the best RB in the league, Bryce Brown the beast, and Chris Polk our power running back… Keep talkin boys

    You ever heard of Adrian Peterson? Fool, Leanne and all his teammates couldn’t carry ADs’ jock.

  22. As an Eagles fan I can honestly say that I am more scared of what Sproles can do rather then Thomas. Eagles are solid against the run (top ten), but those little screen passes to sproles scare me as he reminds me a bit of Brian Westbrook in the screen game and on returns. Saints scare me despite their road record. I think the key to this game is the turnover battle. Eagles defense gives up tons of yards but are the third best defense at causing turnovers while our offense is one of the best at protecting the ball. If Eagles can cause turnovers and protect the ball on offense the way they have done the last 8 weeks I think we will win. Saints are going to move the ball, so turnovers will be the key.

  23. Yeah who needs the guy who leads the team in rushing, has the second most catches and is the best RB at blitz pickup? Especially against a team that allowed just 3.8 yards per carry? Nah!! Not important at all!

  24. @jerrahsucks

    AP isn’t playing this week and nobody is saying he isn’t the best RB in football, as far as career, but this season Shady was the best RB in the league. Nobody cares about what you did last year. It is only about this season.

  25. @somerandomguy

    Nothing but love for the eagles . Big fan actually. I just like to rip on my fellow eagle fans in here who take it too seriously. Lighten up philly behave tomorrow. See you there. Go birds.

  26. Brees cant handle the breeze in philly come Saturday,it aint no illusion Saints fans,they suck on the road

  27. Enough about the Eagles being lucky with injuries to offensive threats on other teams. First, their arguably top or at worst second best receiver, Maclin, has missed the entire season, but Cooper, a nobody, stepped up. Second, they lost their starting QB early, and rebounded with Foles. Third, how lucky was it last year when 80% of the Eagles’ O-Line was down? With a heathy line and innovative play calling, the results speak for themselves. And last, Chip Kelly has a fairly unique training program that arguably has kept the Eagles healthy this year and likely will be considered by other teams. You call that luck, I call it good coaching.

  28. 30 year Saints (Aints) fan here. Reality is that they are a bad playoff road team under Sean Payton. And cold weather team, for that matter. Brees is pretty bad in cold weather, too. And he played at Purdue, in Indiana…still scratching my head on this one.

    Tell-tale sign my Saints will lose? First 2 offensive drives: if there’s a 3-and-out or a turnover on either one, game over. If McCoy runs for over 25 yards in the 1st quarter, game over. They get down by more than 10 at any point, game over.

    It is what it is. Not a good road team, especially not in the playoffs. PT not being a part of a running game that will no doubt be abandoned early by Payton will get Brees killed on blitzes.

  29. First off.. No one will be blowing anyone out… Secondly as an eagles fans I have nightmares of strong physical running backs ruining our playoff runs…. Granted Barry Gardner isn’t making the tackles for us anymore but can/will? Mark Ingram make us look silly enough on D to give Bree’s the Play Action deep balls to Graham?

    Who is going to cover Graham when he lines up in the slot? Lil Brandon Boykin .. Omg shoot me

    It’s gonna be one hell of a game and I know we may not have an answer for a 6 foot 9 te but no one has an answer for Shady and that’s all I think will matter

  30. After reading all the posts it seems like Drew Brees never loses then I looked at their record and found out they are on the road. That’s right they are on the road because they lost games not because they were playing a dice game and they got the lowest number. They lost cause they suck on the road….. Good Luck it’ll be 25 degrees windy and our fans are loud and our team fights!!!!

  31. I love PT23, but to keep saying he is their leading rusher is ridiculous. Ha ran for, what, 529 yards? Shady does that in 2.5 games. The whole game depends on how much pressure Eagles get on Bree’s. they get to him early and often, they win. Period.

  32. Forget the offense for a minute, Saints defense makes life miserable for Philly QB that has zero playoff experience….Saints win 31-20

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