Running back Pierre Thomas said Tuesday he expects to have surgery to clean up his injured left ankle, the one that kept him out of 11 games this past season.
But he’s not pushing all his chips into the center on the idea of being cut open just yet.
“Honestly right now I feel good,” Thomas said. “So hopefully I won’t need surgery. But I’m going to see this doctor (Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina). I’ve been told surgery, but hopefully this doctor will say, ‘Hey, you don’t need it.’ ”
Thomas told reporters Tuesday as players were at the Saints’ facility on Airline Drive in Metairie that doctors told him there was no ligament damage, just fluid built up in and around the joint.
Thomas re-injured his ankle the Friday before the Jan. 2 regular season finale. He didn’t play again this season and never got back on the practice field before being placed on IR on Jan. 5.