New Orleans Saints Clear Off Injured Reserve List, Remove Twelve Players

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Pierre Thomas is in a similar predictment after having surgery to repair tendons in his left ankle. The injury wiped out his 2010 season as he was only able to appear in six games compiling 269 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

His return to the Saints is one of the more pressing issues for the team this off season as Thomas is slated to become an unrestricted free agent, and he and team brass were unable to agree on a new contract before the 2010 season. Of course this could all change given the uncertainty of the CBA.

Corner Randall Gay is a candidate for release as well as the eight year veteran is entering the third year of his contract and is due to make 3.5M in 2011 with the Saints.

Several sources close to the team have reported that if Gay does stay it will have to be for a lower salary as he is likely to be replaced by the first round pick Patrick Robinson as the primary nickel back. Gay played in only four games last season before being placed on injured reserve with a concussion.