New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) carries past Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (98) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Another member of the Saints is expected to miss time with a shoulder injury.

According to an NFL Network report, running back Pierre Thomas is expected to miss a few weeks of action after suffering a shoulder injury during Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Asked about Thomas’ injury Monday, coach Sean Payton refused to comment. Initial attempts to confirm the report by The Advocate were unsuccessful.

After Jimmy Graham suffered a shoulder injury during a Week 6 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Network initially reported the tight end would miss at least two games, including the loss in Detroit. Graham suited up Sunday for the Saints (2-4) and played 30 snaps, but he didn’t catch a pass on two targets.

If Thomas is unable to play Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers (5-2), Travaris Cadet will likely see an increase in playing time as the third-down back.

Thomas is in a three-way tie for the team lead in total touchdowns with three. He has caught 26 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown, and he has rushed 30 times for 133 yards and two TDs.

Aside from Thomas and Cadet, the Saints have Khiry Robinson (64 carries for 330 yards and two touchdowns) and Mark Ingram (34 carries for 159 yards and three touchdowns). Ingram recently returned from missing three games with a fractured hand.

Thomas — who joined the Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2007 and helped New Orleans win Super Bowl XLIV — holds the franchise records for receptions by a running back (308) as well as receiving yards by a running back (2,434), setting both marks earlier this season.


Ramon Antonio Vargas contributed to this report.