METAIRIE, La. -- Saints coach Sean Payton says he'll decide on Sunday whether running back Pierre Thomas is ready to suit up at Cincinnati.
Thomas, who's missed eight games with a sprained left ankle, has been limited in practice all week and jogging with a limp at times. But Payton says the running back has moved around well while working with the offense as well as with the scout team and on kick returns as he tries to improve his conditioning.
Payton says he's "guarded" about Thomas' prospects for playing against the Bengals but still wants to see how last season's team-leading rusher is feeling on game day.
Reserve running back Ladell Betts, who has a neck injury, is the only player on the active roster who's been ruled out.