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Breaking news from the Dept. of Things You Needed to Know Three Weeks Ago: The original recovery timeline on Pierre Thomas'(notes) left ankle sprain was 4-6 weeks, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Thomas suffered the injury in the overtime loss to Atlanta, but he managed to return to the field that day, so we didn't initially panic. He's been sidelined for the past two weeks, however, and he's not expected to be active at Tampa Bay in Week 6. And now we're finally getting a few details, though it's too late to really assist anyone.

This from Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune:

Thomas said the original estimate for his injury was four to six weeks, though he was confident he would come back sooner since he was able to walk around on the ankle earlier than expected.

He said he's been running full speed inside the pool, and he hopes to be able to run on solid ground next week. But he wants to make sure he doesn't risk a setback by trying to come back too soon.

"Now I'm in the process of seeing where the strength is at," Thomas said. "It's just taking too long."

Repeat: He's running full speed inside the pool. That would be awesome news if the Saints-Bucs game were being held at Discovery Cove, but instead they're going to play at Raymond James Stadium.

Christopher Ivory(notes) is the only New Orleans back that I'm willing to half-trust at the moment. Ladell Betts(notes) was almost single-handedly responsible for the Week 5 loss — he had a fumble returned for a score, and he whiffed on a reception that became an INT — and Julius Jones(notes) will likely function as the Saints' emergency back. Look upon this mess and despair.

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