Bruised ribs for tailback Pierre Thomas

Saints tailback Pierre Thomas will likely be limited throughout the week with bruised ribs, and his status will likely be questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina. But fortunately for the Saints, X-rays came out negative for anything more serious.

Thomas returned briefly to Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after suffering the injury in the second quarter. But he didn't return to action after halftime.

"I told them I'll go back in at halftime, but they didn't want to take any chances," said Thomas, who said it will be up to the coaches how much he participates in practice this week.

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