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Saints placed RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Teams can place players on I.R. with minor injuries this time of year if they have no playoff hopes. The Saints were eliminated from the postseason hunt when they lost to the Falcons in Week 16. Thomas endured an injury-plagued 2014 season. He turned 30 earlier this month and is signed cheaply through 2016.
Dec 26 - 2:49 PM

Pierre Thomas (ribs) remained sidelined Thursday.

With the Saints eliminated from the playoff picture, Thomas is looking very shaky for Sunday's meaningless finale. His status will be updated on Friday, but he'll most likely be held out for Week 17.
Dec 25 - 6:40 PM

Pierre Thomas did not practice Wednesday due to a rib injury.

When Thomas left the Week 16 loss to the Falcons early, it was announced as a foot injury. Now he's listed with a rib issue. Regardless, we should consider Thomas very questionable for Sunday's meaningless game at Tampa. His absence would upgrade the situation for Mark Ingram and give Khiry Robinson a shot at a few extra touches.
Dec 24 - 6:17 PM

Nick Toon caught 3-of-6 targets for 44 yards Week 16 against the Falcons.

Toon has seen his snap count grow over the last several weeks and was once again a big part of the Saints' offense. Brees took a deep shot to Toon in the second half, but he was unable to haul it in. The Saints will close out their season against Tampa Bay next week.
Dec 21 - 6:00 PM

Kenny Stills caught 6-of-8 targets for 68 yards Week 16 against the Falcons.

Stills was able to get open underneath, but he was not able to get deep against the Falcons' secondary. Stills has become a big part of the Saints' offense with Brandin Cooks (thumb) on IR and is a good bet to see 7-10 targets against the Bucs in the Saints' season finale.
Dec 21 - 5:56 PM

Marques Colston caught 6-of-10 targets for 80 yards Week 16 against the Falcons.

Colston found some success after Falcons SCB Josh Wilson left with a hamstring injury, making four of his catches with the Saints' in comeback mode in the fourth quarter. Colston will need 50 yards next week against the Bucs to surpass 900 receiving yards for the sixth straight season.
Dec 21 - 5:43 PM

Jimmy Graham caught 6-of-10 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the Falcons.

Graham started slowly, failing to corral his first four targets and committing a bad drop on third down. He came on in the second half, catching a short touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and "fumbling" at the "one-yard line" on what should have been another score. Graham does not appear to be 100 percent, but he has double-digit targets in three of his last four games. Graham will close out the season against the Bucs next week.
Dec 21 - 5:22 PM

Khiry Robinson rushed two times for eight yards against the Falcons.

He added one catch for five yards. Even with Pierre Thomas sidelined by a foot injury early in the game, Robinson could not get much run in the Saints' struggling offense. He is unlikely to make much noise in the Saints' season finale against the Bucs next week.
Dec 21 - 5:06 PM

Mark Ingram rushed 13 times for 38 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the Falcons.

Ingram was gifted a touchdown after Jalen Saunders returned the opening kickoff 99 yards to the Falcons' one-yard line. He was completely shut down the rest of the game as Atlanta completely dominated the line of scrimmage. Pierre Thomas (foot) left this game early, so Ingram could have an expanded role Week 17 against the Bucs.
Dec 21 - 5:04 PM

Drew Brees completed 30-of-47 passes for 313 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Saints' Week 16 loss the Falcons.

The Saints are eliminated from the playoffs with the loss. Brees was sacked five times by a Falcons team that had 16 sacks total entering the contest. He was under pressure most of the game, including on his final interception that really ended the contest. Brees will finish his up and down season Week 17 against the Bucs.
Dec 21 - 4:49 PM

Pierre Thomas exited Week 16 against the Falcons with a foot injury.

Thomas is out for the game. It is unclear when the injury occurred. Thomas' final touch of the game was a 16-yard screen catch in the middle of the first quarter. He did not appear to injury himself on the play. With Travaris Cadet inactive, Mark Ingram could see a bump in pass-game usage. Khiry Robinson will see a bump in snaps as well.
Dec 21 - 2:32 PM

Saints declared RB Travaris Cadet inactive for Week 16 against the Falcons.

Cadet does not have much of an offensive role with Pierre Thomas back healthy, but it is still a surprise he is inactive. Thomas is a nice FLEX play in PPR formats. Saints also declared WR Seantavius Jones, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, S Jamarca Sanford, ILB Moises Fokou, NT Lawrence Virgil and OT Terron Armstead inactive for Week 16.
Dec 21 - 11:42 AM

Jimmy Graham played on 65.2 percent of the snaps against the Bears in Week 15.

It's down from the 77.4 percent he played in Week 14. It was also extremely frustrating to see Graham not even on the field when No. 3 TE Josh Hill was the primary read on two goal-line plays and converted both for scores. Still, Graham has run 78 pass routes the last two weeks and put 5-87-0 on the Bears despite his shoulder issue. Season-longers have to fire him up as the No. 2 tight end play in Week 16 against the Falcons.
Dec 18 - 11:03 AM

Saints signed K Dustin Hopkins to their practice squad.

It's a strange move as NFL teams rarely waste practice squad spots on kickers. Although Shayne Graham missed a 51-yarder Monday night, he's still 19-of-22 on the year. We still like Graham as a solid fantasy kicking play at home against the Falcons Sunday as long as there's no funny business going on with Hopkins.
Dec 18 - 10:08 AM

Saints TE Josh Hill caught two passes for 15 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 15 win over the Bears.

They were the only two targets Hill saw on the night. He now has five touchdowns on the season on 20 targets. The Week 15 scores came at a horrible time for Jimmy Graham owners. Hill is obviously not a fantasy option.
Dec 16 - 12:34 AM


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