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Saints News, 1/2/14: Pierre Thomas Misses 2nd Practice of the Week.

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This is concerning. Of all of our running backs, Pierre Thomas is the one most Saints fans would say is the most reliable and consistent. When a player misses two practices during a week, he usually doesn't play. Can Ingram and Robinson fill the void?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> RB Pierre Thomas sits out 2nd straight practice | <a href="http://t.co/IUGx0DF564">http://t.co/IUGx0DF564</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/418853325434396673">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton only said Thomas&#39; injury occurred during the Bucs game. No other details today.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/418852226656776192">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pierre Thomas (chest) was the only <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> player to miss practice Thursday. Bush (ankle) was limited.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/418852019546255360">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> RB Pierre Thomas missed practice again Thursday with chest injury. Leaves status for game in doubt. ... S Rafael Bush limited.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/418851875006345216">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Thursday Injury Report: <a href="http://t.co/bUfOl8XRYW">http://t.co/bUfOl8XRYW</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsPHI&amp;src=hash">#NOvsPHI</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/418851062045351937">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@DrewBrees</a> on being named the <a href="https://twitter.com/FedEx">@FedEx</a> Air <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> Player of Week 17! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/418834585116368896">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Latest weather forecast for Philly on Saturday is 27 degrees at game time with winds 5-10 mph</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/418832677530128384">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Photos from today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> practice: <a href="http://t.co/AqmpeuilPb">http://t.co/AqmpeuilPb</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsPHI&amp;src=hash">#NOvsPHI</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/418832370398031872">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Vikings block Falcons from interviewing one of their assistants, leaving him in limbo <a href="http://t.co/tvAwXkIsK9">http://t.co/tvAwXkIsK9</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/418832217511452672">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Coaching staffs of the Falcons &amp; Jaguars have been selected by the NFL to coach the 2014 Senior Bowl. <a href="http://t.co/4Kq2BAdG9H">http://t.co/4Kq2BAdG9H</a>&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/foxsports910">@foxsports910</a></p>&mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikejurecki/statuses/418825529723076608">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41">@Harp41</a> chats with <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier">@JohnDeShazier</a> in the Morning Report (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/IOyqrI6IDh">http://t.co/IOyqrI6IDh</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsPHI&amp;src=hash">#NOvsPHI</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/418789527721738240">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>You can&#39;t live a positive life... with a negative mind <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KeepYourHeadUp&amp;src=hash">#KeepYourHeadUp</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/418779911273209857">January 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints Prepare for Eagles

Pierre Thomas only Saint to miss practice | ProFootballTalk
With just one player missing practice on Thursday, the Eagles are in good shape health-wise heading into Sunday's game with the Saints. The Saints find themselves in the same position, although the player missing on Thursday plays a bigger role for them than center Julian Vandevelde plays for the...

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Popeyes On The Plane Campaign - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Popeyes on the Plane Campaign, Sean Payton

Weather expected to be cold with no snow when Saints play at Philadelphia | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
With a winter storm expected to bring snow to the Northeast on Thursday night and Friday morning, many fans are wondering what kind of weather the New Orleans Saints will be facing in their wild-card football game on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Winter storm forecast to move through Philadelphia by Friday
Area expected to receive 4-6 inches of snow overnight

John DeShazier: Saints have players that know what it takes to win road playoff game
Ben Grubbs, Ben Watson, Parys Haralson all have tasted victory on the road in playoffs

Saints must cut down on road turnovers against Eagles | Black and Gold

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Eagles Prepare for Saints

Only one Eagle misses Thursday practice | ProFootballTalk
It must be the smoothies. Whatever the precise reason, Eagles coach Chip Kelly approaches his first postseason game with a largely healthy roster. It's a trend that has helped Philly put most of its best players on the field in key late-season games.

Eagles Notebook: Saints' Brees on his homeboy Foles
Drew Brees has been aware of the QB who broke his high school records, and holds Nick Foles in high regard.

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Future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees has struggled on the road this season.

Containing Graham vital for Eagles
The Saints' 6-7 tight end Jimmy Graham is hard to match up against, but there are ways to hold him down.

Saints head coach Sean Payton kinda called Chip Kelly fat
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SEPTA adding increased service for Saturday night's Eagles-Saints playoff game
SEPTA will be adding addition service for those wishing to take public transit to Saturday's NFC Wild Card game between the Eagles and Saints at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Other Saints News

Letter to Rob Ryan: You Da Man!
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NFL News

Darrelle Revis is "excited" about his future with the Bucs | ProFootballTalk
While it remains to be seen if new Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith shares the sentiment, Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis said he's excited about his future. Revis tweeted out a welcome to his new coach this afternoon, saying he couldn't wait to get started.

Cutler’s new deal worth $18 million a year in first three | ProFootballTalk
As with every contract, the real truth will be revealed in the details. But the early look at Jay Cutler's new seven-year deal with the Bears shows that it's good for him, but doesn't put him in the highest tier of quarterback deals.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton's Thursday review
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Paytons peaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, January 2, 2014. (New Orleans Saints video)