Reggie Bush to sit out second preseason game, 'Tractor Sexy' music star takes call from Sean Payton

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Country music megastar Kenny Chesney, who showcased various football ineptitudes and shared homoerotic stories about Mike McKenzie with the media at Saints practice earlier this week, may trade boots for cleats after all.

Annually over-hyped running back Reggie Bush will sit out Saturday's clash with the Houston Texans. The third-year rusher continues to experience left knee swelling, the same knee he recuperated during the offseason after tearing his PCL late last year.

An MRI taken earlier this week didn't reveal additional damage. Bush, who sat out both practices Thursday, said he wasn't concerned about the setback stating to the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

"It's just a little sore. I could've practiced. We're just being cautious."

Despite Bush's optimism, knee injuries can and normally do linger. It wouldn't be at all surprising he's designated "questionable" a handful of times this season, a frightening prospect for owners relying on the versatile Saint as a No. 2.

Currently the 17th back selected (30.4 ADP) on average per Mock Draft Central, Bush should only be viewed as an RB3 in traditional non-PPR formats. Earnest Graham (34.6 ADP), Michael Turner (37.0), and Thomas Jones (45.3) are far more attractive options.

Unless you believe Kim Kardashian's curvaceous trunk secretes magical healing potions, Bush is someone to slide down your cheat sheet.

As a result of the news, late-round dark-horse Pierre Thomas, who is owned in a smallish 28 percent of Y! leagues, receives a slight value enhancement. The second-year back out of Illinois, who went 135th in Tuesday's Friends and Family draft, has been selected on average around pick 133 (or the 49th RB taken) in competitive leagues. He is definitely someone to target in the beer fuzzy hours of your draft.

Sean Payton recently professed his enamored feelings for Thomas telling the Baton Rouge Advocate earlier this month:

"He's competing for a lot of touches and doing well. We have a lot of confidence in him as a runner and it's something that he's demonstrated consistently now. He's a guy that has proven that you can hand him the ball more than 15 or 20 times in a game and he can carry the load. He played well in Chicago in the last game of the season, and he's going to get a serious look."

Recall in that Week 17 clash against the Bears, the then rookie racked 226 total yards and a touchdown on 32 touches.

You won't find a more well-rounded back playing in a fantasy friendlier offense than Thomas after Round 10 in 12-team drafts. His sticky hands and sneaky power are an ideal fit in the Saints' spread scheme. If Deuce McAllister or Bush were sidelined for an extended time period, Thomas would yield fruitful fantasy returns as an RB2 in deeper leagues

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