Saints RB Pierre Thomas is frustrated at how long his rehab has taken, and a report surfaced Sunday morning that his head coach was pretty frustrated too.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Sean Payton had lost his patience with Thomas. The Saints' starter hurt his ankle in Week Three and has not played since.
After Sunday's loss to the Browns, Thomas spoke to The Times-Picayune and said Glazer's report was news to him.
"I'm still hurt; my ankle still bothers me. I'm taking it day by day," he said.
With RB Reggie Bush also out with an injury, undrafted rookie Chris Ivory has been the starter the last two weeks.
"I don't know when it's going to heal. I'm doing all I can, in that training room each and every day, getting treatment each and every day ... I want to go out there and play so bad," said Thomas.
The way we see it
Thomas' rehab has taken longer than most people thought, and Glazer said there's a chance that even when healthy, Thomas won't start considering he may be in Payton's doghouse. Ivory had a huge game in Week Six, but the Saints had just 58 yards on the ground in their loss to the Browns on Sunday, and a lack of a consistent run game has contributed to their losses. The defending champs sit at just 4-3.
Ivory likely disappointed fantasy owners who snagged him after his monster game in Week Six. But until Thomas returns, which seems unknown at this point, Ivory is the Saints' top back.