New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is back on the field. John DeShazier, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Houston Texans at the Louisiana Superdome on August 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Courtesy---John DeShazier/Times-Picayune

If that was the plan Sunday, when Thomas returned to the New Orleans Saints after missing nine games because of the peskiest ankle injury never classified as a break or torn ligaments, it died as soon as newly anointed workhorse Chris Ivory went to the sideline in the first half with a tender hamstring.

And it stayed there as soon as Thomas showed he was up for the challenge.