The good news for the Saints is that running back Pierre Thomas has made some progress after missing last week’s game with a chest injury. The bad news is it may not be enough progress for Thomas to be back on the field this weekend against the Seahawks.
Thomas returned to the practice field on Thursday, and although he was limited, that represents a step forward for Thomas: He hadn’t practiced at all since suffering a chest injury in Week 17.
The Saints would love to have Thomas back on Saturday. Thomas was the Saints’ leading rusher with 549 yards during the regular season, and he was second on the team with 77 catches.
Other than Thomas, the Saints’ 53-man roster is relatively healthy. Everyone practiced, and defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle) was the only player other than Thomas who was limited. Only three other players were listed on the Saints’ injury report at all: Offensive tackle Terron Armstead (knee), cornerback Keenan Lewis (head/neck) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) were all full participants in practice.