NEW ORLEANS ― Saints running back Pierre Thomas was taken aback Sunday afternoon when asked about a possible rift growing between the team's Head Coach Sean Payton and himself. reporter Jay Glazer tweeted prior to Sunday's game against Cleveland that 'Sean Payton frustrated (with) pierre thomas extended absence & very impressed (with) chris ivory. Even when thomas returns could be healthy scratch.'

Said Thomas after New Orleans' 30-17 loss to Cleveland, 'Everything seems cool around here. I'm doing what I have to do to get better to get back on the field.'

Thomas has been out since spraining his ankle in New Orleans' Sept. 26 game against Atlanta.

On Friday, Payton said he was 'not going to speculate anymore on (Thomas') injury.'

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