Ankle still an issue for Saints RB Thomas

Posted Jan. 01, 2011 @ 8:16 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

While RB Pierre Thomas made some key plays for the Saints in their Week 16 win over the Falcons, he said afterward that he still isn't 100 percent back to being accustomed to game speed following the ankle injury that kept him out of nine straight games earlier this season.

Thomas did say he wasn't too far from being back to full strength after rushing 19 times for 63 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta, but there are concerns that he aggravated the injury during practice Friday. He's considered a game-time decision for New Orleans' Week 17 battle against Tampa Bay after sitting out practice Saturday.

Perhaps Thomas will be able to put the injury completely behind him with some extended time to rest in the offseason, but the latest issue with the ankle is another discouraging development for a player who is hoping to boost his stock heading into free agency with a strong, and relatively healthy, finish in the postseason.