Brian Allee Walsh of NewOrleans.com reported that New England was close to acquiring New Orleans Saints runningback Pierre Thomas in a trade recently that didn’t quite work out.

According to the report, on the eve of the trade deadline back on October 19th, New England was going to obtain Thomas in exchange for an unnamed cornerback.  Unfortunately the deal apparently fell apart because the Patriots were also looking for a draft choice.

The curious part is obviously trying to figure out who the cornerback was for New England that would have been shipped off in the deal.

As for Thomas, he’s been battling an ankle injury that just doesn’t seem to be getting better, and it’s got him extremely frustrated at this point.

“I’m upset,’’ Thomas told the website. “That’s all I can really say. I’m just upset. I don’t know how far along I am. I don’t know what’s going to happen. All I’m hoping and praying for is my ankle to get a lot better.’’

According to the article, Thomas said he has heard “so many different stories” from his medical team that “I don’t know what to believe.”

“I really don’t know what’s the whole problem,” he said. “Everybody keeps saying it’s a sprain or maybe a little tear there. I don’t know for sure if that’s true. All I’m thinking about is just trying to get healthy, just trying to get better. I was told to stay off my foot. So that’s what I’m doing with the crutches and in the boot. They told me to take a little pressure off it, be on crutches for a little while and just see how it does.’’

Thomas has 46 carries for 147 yards (3.2 avg) and a touchdown so far this season.  Prior to this year, he’s averaged nearly five yards per carry – and had been a fairly productive player.  How he would have fit in here would have been interesting. 

One interesting thing to point out – as we know players aren’t allowed to talk about injuries here in Foxboro.  However, Thomas held a Q&A and you should read some of the questions that were being asked – and were answered by the runningback.  That’s about as detailed and up front as it gets.