Saturday, 04 December 2010 17:27
New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals: Pierre Thomas, Chad Ochocinco, Ladell Betts
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On Friday, New Orleans Saints answered media questions and gave its pre- Cincinnati Bengals gave injury assessments of Pierre Thomas, Anthony Waters and Ladell Betts:

 

Opening Statement:

“With the final injury report, Anthony Waters was limited today. He’ll be questionable for Sunday. Pierre Thomas, running back was limited. He’ll be questionable for Sunday. Running back Ladell Betts with his neck did not practice. He’ll be out. Those are the three guys of note.”

 

Does Pierre have a real chance to play in this game?

“He had a good week of practice with the reps he got. We’ll see where he’s at come Sunday. He doesn’t have any of the swelling. Some of the soreness has gone away. I thought he moved around well. Not only did he take team reps, but he took scout team reps, kickoffs, a lot of the things he’s trying to do to not only get his timing back, but from a cardiovascular standpoint to get in shape and ready to play in a football game. I’m guarded and yet we’ll see on Sunday where he’s at.”{sidebar id=4}

 

With Reggie Bush it was a couple of weeks of practice before you let him play. Is this is a different situation?

“It’s different with an injury and they’re different players. The injury’s different completely.”

 

You talked about easing Reggie back repwise in the Dallas game. Is this the same type of scenario?

“No, I think we’re at the point now where we’re going. You still want to recognize that this is the second week back after some significant time off. He’s had enough full speed work where his pitch count will be up there.”

 

Will there be the same type of plan in place whenever Pierre Thomas comes back?

“You have to be smart about it and you still have to recognize with your limitations on gameday with the total roster and the decisions that go into the 46 guys that are active, he has to be ready to play. I think  you’d be smart about it.”

 

In your transcript with the Cincinnati conference call and it discussed your son’s liking for Chad Ochocinco. Does he have a lot of memorabilia from around the league?

“When we had a chance to coach in the Pro Bowl in the 2006 season after the NFC Championship game, as a young child, he was exposed to these players. For a week he’s around and having a chance to be at practice and seeing not only a guy like chad, but LaDanian (Tomlinson), guys from our team, other teams. For a kid that’s quite an impression. Beyond the game we played in Cincinnati in 2006, we had the joint practice session. These guys play the Madden. They get on the fantasy teams. They do a lot of that stuff. They know all the players.”

 

Is he a fan of this guy in particular?

“He just got a signed hat from him. That’s the flavor of the week.”

 

Did he get that at the Pro Bowl?

“He got that when we practiced against them in 2007.”

 

Is Ochocinco on your son’s fantasy team this year?

“I’m not sure. He has Andre Johnson. He was dinged up a little yesterday. It’s kind of like that commercial where you’re on to the next player. I don’t understand it too much, but he’s done pretty well with it.”

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

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