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Halo 01-05-2010 08:51 PM

Pierre Thomas talks about his injury and Saints playoffs
 
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Pierre Thomas had just burst through a hole for a 26-yard gain against Tampa Bay when he felt the pain. A linebacker landed on him and left him with three cracked ribs.

Whether it was coincidence or not, the Saints have not been the same since then. Thomas played one more down before leaving the game for good. New Orleans blew a 17-0 lead in his absence, losing 20-17 in overtime.

Will Thomas be ready when the Saints open the playoffs on Jan. 16? He talked to reporters in the locker room on Monday and made his own prognosis.


Was it frustrating to get this rib injury at the end of the year?

ďI was never healthy throughout the whole season. I donít know any player who can threw an entire season and not get dinged up. You have to have the mindset that I canít worry about this injury.Ē

Are you disappointed you lost the team rushing lead (to Mike Bell in average yards per game) because you missed the last game-and-a-half?


ďI didnít think I was going to be the top rusher on the team. That wasnít my mindset or motivation. My whole motivation is to go out here and try to get a win each game. What do I have to do to help my team? Thatís what I want. I really wanted to go 16-0, but you canít get everything you want, so you just have to work hard and learn from your mistakes.Ē

What will you do to get ready for the first playoff game?


ďI heal, relax. Your body heals on its own, so I just have to sit back, canít do too much movement. I donít think itís as severe as it was my rookie year. My rookie year you could see a big crack in them. These three you see partial cracks. Maybe one of them is almost fully and two of them are half-cracked. The two fully I had my rookie year I couldnít do anything but sit down and relax. Iím moving around now. I havenít gotten a chance to run yet. Iíve been on the bike and done some cardio work. Iíll probably start running in the next few days here.Ē

  • What is the normal recovery time?
  • How worried are you about the three-game losing streak?
  • Will you be close to 100 percent in two weeks?

homerj07 01-06-2010 07:32 AM

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Pshaw - We are frippin limpen into the playoffs - NOT GOOD!!

AsylumGuido 01-06-2010 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by homerj07 (Post 189999)
Pshaw - We are frippin limpen into the playoffs - NOT GOOD!!

We are no more injured than any other NFL squad at this time of the year and we have an extra week to heal. Whomever we face will have yet another week's worth of injuries to deal with.

Sir Psycho Sexy 01-06-2010 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by AsylumGuido (Post 190015)
We are no more injured than any other NFL squad at this time of the year and we have an extra week to heal. Whomever we face will have yet another week's worth of injuries to deal with.


disagree. most injury reports for the playoffs have pointed towards teams being more healthy than they have been in the reg season. Esp the Cowboys and Eagles.

It's funny how SP went with health over momentum and yet here we are.

exile 01-06-2010 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Sir Psycho Sexy (Post 190031)
disagree. most injury reports for the playoffs have pointed towards teams being more healthy than they have been in the reg season. Esp the Cowboys and Eagles.
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They still have a game to play though. We could easily be the most healthy team come gametime.

AsylumGuido 01-06-2010 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by exile (Post 190032)
They still have a game to play though. We could easily be the most healthy team come gametime.

Exactly. Minus Grant we should be the healthiest we have been since we were rolling over our competition. And I don't see Grant's loss as being that material.

On the other hand, Dallas still has their OT Columbo out, as well as S Pat Watkins. The Vikings have had Pat Williams, Visanthe Shiancoe and Antoine Winfield down recently. Arizona looks to be without Anquan Boldin and Antrel Rolle, while their kicker, Neil Rackers, has been battling groin issues. The Packers defense is very banged up with LB's Jeremy Thompson, Brandon Chillar, Nick Barnett, S Derrick Martin and defensive linemen Ryan Pickett, Mike Montgomery and Johnny Jolley all having health issues. Corners Trevor Ford and defensive standout Charles Woodson are also battling injuries of their own. Philly hasn't escaped the bug either with Brian Westbrook, Jeremy Maclin and Reggie Brown all at less than 100%.

Rugby Saint II 01-06-2010 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by AsylumGuido (Post 190035)
Exactly. Minus Grant we should be the healthiest we have been since we were rolling over our competition. And I don't see Grant's loss as being that material.

On the other hand, Dallas still has their OT Columbo out, as well as S Pat Watkins. The Vikings have had Pat Williams, Visanthe Shiancoe and Antoine Winfield down recently. Arizona looks to be without Anquan Boldin and Antrel Rolle, while their kicker, Neil Rackers, has been battling groin issues. The Packers defense is very banged up with LB's Jeremy Thompson, Brandon Chillar, Nick Barnett, S Derrick Martin and defensive linemen Ryan Pickett, Mike Montgomery and Johnny Jolley all having health issues. Corners Trevor Ford and defensive standout Charles Woodson are also battling injuries of their own. Philly hasn't escaped the bug either with Brian Westbrook, Jeremy Maclin and Reggie Brown all at less than 100%.

Well Guido you sure seem to know your stuff. Glad to have you here sharing your info. I agree we won't limp into the playoffs like a lot of other teams. Not only that we should be well rested.:cool:

B_Dub_Saint 01-06-2010 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by homerj07 (Post 189999)
Pshaw - We are frippin limpen into the playoffs - NOT GOOD!!

You stole my avatar son!

DrewDat 01-06-2010 02:47 PM

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Hopefully those injuries to other teams workout to our advantage in the playoffs. Anybody agree?

SaintPauly 01-06-2010 08:39 PM

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Injuries, no momentum, HFA throughout, Drew Brees..... Guys, I am not disagreeing on the points being made, but I will say this. This team, did not bust their butts all year, to get to the play offs, just to come out flat, I guarantee you that. Here's another thought: Any team, that thinks they can win a superbowl, also needs to be a team, that believes they can play, and WIN, no matter who's field they are on. HFA is nice to have, but in recent years, alot of teams have gone on to win superbowls, never playing one home game. (and by the way, we have a better away record, than at home)

This team took a hit after the Dallas game, on their mindset. The letdown of the undefeated season has got to be flushed away, and the focus, and determination has to come back. If they get those things back in business, then there is not one team, in this league, that we cannot beat.

Forget the past, and look to the future. That's the best thing the team, and we as fans can do right now. Injuries happen, just like death, and taxes. You can either use them as excuses, or you can man up. That's just my opinion.


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