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Texans bringing in Pierre Thomas for a workout today

Pierre Thomas, Jon Bostic

Pierre Thomas, Jon Bostic


The Texans aren’t going to be able to replace the hole in their offense left by the news Arian Foster needs surgery and will miss part of the season.

But they can at least fill a spot on the depth chart, and are working on that as we speak.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are bringing in former Saints running back Pierre Thomas for a visit today, along with Joe McKnight and Ben Malena.

Thomas was cut by the Saints this offseason, after eight years there. He filled a number of roles for them, showing he could run and be an effective receiver out of the backfield. And while his 4.6 yards per carry average is strong, he’s never been asked to be the kind of bell cow back the Texans are going to need.

Foster injured his groin Monday, and is going to need surgery which will likely require him to go on injured reserve/designated for return. That’s a huge blow to an offense which was built around him, and lacks other skill players to make up for it as they continue to look for a starting quarterback.