With questions about New Orleans Saints running back Pi...

New Orleans Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

With questions about New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas' relationship with Coach Sean Payton swirling since Sunday, Thomas' agent said Monday the notion Thomas isn't champing at the bit to return to action is absurd.

In a phone interview, Lamont Smith said he has no inside information about whether Thomas and Payton are at odds, as was reported Sunday on Fox Sports. He characterized the whole matter as an unwelcome and counter-productive diversion from the Saints necessary focus on football. Under normal circumstances, Smith insisted, he would not insert himself into a team matter but in this case he is bothered by the idea Thomas, who he said has played with a variety of ailments in the past, has been too cautious about returning from an ankle injury suffered against Atlanta in week three.

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