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New Orleans Saints – Backup RB Lynell Hamilton To See More Time Against The Bills, Pierre Thomas Near 100 Percent

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Lynell Hamilton, the Saints fourth running back, has seen an increase in his playing time with the first team offense and should play a larger role in the Saints next game against the Buffalo Bills.

Hamilton was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2008 out of San Diego State, spending his time on the practice squad that year.

However Hamilton became the Saints leading back through the 2009 pre-season rushing for 177 yards on 40 carries, a 4.42 average, while catching 10 passes for another 104 yards.

His performance earned him a spot on the Saints final 53 man roster, beating out rookies P.J. Hill and Herb Donaldson.

Now with the Saints leading rusher Mike Bell expected to be sidelined a minimum of three weeks with an MCL sprain and last years leading rusher Pierre Thomas coming off an MCL sprain of his own, it appears Hamilton will see a fair share of the carries against Buffalo.

Thomas however is nearing 100 percent and when healthy has proved to be a reliable running back for the Saints and should make a push to regain his starting role after the emergence of Bell as the featured back.

Sean Payton and the Saints however are keeping the game plan for Buffalo close to the chest, remaining vague with responses to the backfield rotation in Buffalo.

Payton however praised Hamilton and supplied him with a vote of confidence if he really is to be the lead back.

"“He had a good training camp. He’s a guy that made the roster, ” Payton said. “All these guys on the roster are guys we have to count on.”"

Most likely all three backs will be used in rotation to help ease the workload on the rookie and of course Thomas’ knee.

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