Saints' Khiry Robinson questionable, Pierre Thomas out


METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers with a forearm injury. He seems like a long shot, as he didn't practice this week after being held out Sunday night. But his status remains uncertain for now.

Fellow running back Pierre Thomas, meanwhile, has been ruled out with shoulder and rib injuries. Once again the Saints should lean heavily on running back Mark Ingram, with Travaris Cadet assisting in primarily a pass-catching role. Ingram ran for a career-high 172 yards on 24 carries Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. He said he felt good Tuesday despite the short recovery time.

Tight end Jimmy Graham is listed as questionable with his shoulder injury. But there’s little doubt he’ll continue to play through it – as he did last week when he caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Graham talked Tuesday about dealing with the soreness.

Center Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle) and linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle) are also listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis during the short week. Linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) and fullback Austin Johnson (knee) were ruled out.

The Panthers, meanwhile, will go into Thursday’s game with an injury-depleted offensive line. Undrafted rookie David Foucault will be making his starting debut at left tackle.