Mike Bell will continue to be a big part of the Saints' offense if and when Thomas returns to the mix.
"We feel that Pierre brings a certain element to our running game, and yet Mike Bell has done a good job," Saints Coach Sean Payton said. "He is running with confidence, and there's a lot of that confidence in that huddle when he's in the game.
"It's a good problem to have. We have some depth, and each week we'll evaluate what the plan is. They're competing for touches in a course of a game. There were snaps yesterday where Mike was tired and Reggie (Bush) came in, and there were snaps when both of them were tired. ... We'll find those snaps."