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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton is “guardedly optimistic’’ that injured running back Reggie Bush will be able to rejoin the team’s sputtering offense Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With regard to the status and future availability of injured ...

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New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton is “guardedly optimistic’’ that injured running back Reggie Bush will be able to rejoin the team’s sputtering offense Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With regard to the status and future availability of injured running back Pierre Thomas, Payton simply is guarded with his comments.

In other words, I might classify Payton as a "doubting Thomas.''

Bush is expected to return to practice Wednesday on a limited basis after missing the past five games while recovering from a fractured right fibula.

“It’s going to be wait-and-see this week,’’ Payton said of Bush during his weekly Monday press conference. “We’re optimistic, yet we’re guarded. I think we just have to pay attention to how this work week goes.”

Bush, too, said he plans to take it one cautious step at a time, though it’s apparent that he would like to make his return against the Steelers in the nationally-televised game from the Superdome on Halloween night.


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Old 10-26-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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Whats this deal about Pierre and Payton not seeing eye to eye, nola.com reported it yesterday. This is the last thing we need right now, a player of pierres caliber is too good to lose, somethings a miss here!
On a different note, its good that reggie is coming back soon!
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If Sean Payton has a problem with Pierre Thomas, it should have stayed between them

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Whats this deal about Pierre and Payton not seeing eye to eye, nola.com reported it yesterday. This is the last thing we need right now, a player of pierres caliber is too good to lose, somethings a miss here!
On a different note, its good that reggie is coming back soon!

I saw that too but Peyton won't deny it.

Who knows? Apparently it's over whether Pierre can play or not...

If the absence of a denial by Sean Payton is the equivalent of an admission of what was reported Sunday by Fox Sports, then Payton should be embarrassed.

If the New Orleans Saints' coach is bothered that running back Pierre Thomas hasn't yet recovered from his ankle sprain - high or low, depending on who's giving the prognosis, apparently - and shared that displeasure with Fox Sports rather than with Thomas, who genuinely appeared to be surprised by the assertion, then Payton should ask himself what he'd think of a player who did something similar.

On Monday, when asked about the report, Payton could've called it a lie and the reporter a liar. He could've said that, while the team obviously wishes Thomas was back sooner, that the injury was more severe than believed, or that everyone heals at a different rate, or that Thomas won't perform at peak efficiency unless he totally is healthy so he'll be given time to get there.

He could've said any of that.

He didn't.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:12 PM   #4
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I saw that too but Peyton won't deny it.

Who knows? Apparently it's over whether Pierre can play or not...



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If that really is the case, then i'm very disappointed in the way payton has handled this, Pierre is one of the most valuable players on this team and the last thing we need at this point (when we have no offensive firepower) is Payton going around and bad mouthing/complaining about players recovery time, and worst of all - saying it to the media!! I would prefer to have pierre back fully healthy because we will need him later on!
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:31 PM   #5
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I wonder if Pierre is really injured? He was disgruntled before the season because he didn't get a big contract. Even Payton has said he's not sure what's going on. Is Pierre feigning this injury due to not getting the big bucks?
Sitting out would cost him even more money next year .... his best bet of getting paid was to have a break out season this year. If he's trying to stick it to the team he's hurting himself in the long run
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I want Reggie to only because he is healthy, not because he wants too. We can't lose him for the rest of this season. If we do lose him...we might as well start up a new draft board discussion.
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Good if Bush gets back. About Thomas, sounds like the meadia wanna create something where there's probably is nothing.
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Like I've been saying it's easier to play chess when you have power pieces. It's hard to win a game when you only have pawns.
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