New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says that running back Pierre Thomas, who hasn't played since September 26, could return on Sunday, when the Saints take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Brian Allee-Walsh, of, has the story, below.

Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints in action against the Minnesota Vikings at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Injured running back Pierre Thomas could make his long-anticipated return to active duty Sunday in an important road game against the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday night.

Payton said Thomas has “turned the corner’’ in his rehabilitation/recovery from a severely sprained left ankle that has sidelined him the past eight games and triggered widespread speculation as to the nature of the injury.