RB Pierre Thomas (chest) is inactive for the Saints on Saturday.
Not a huge surprise here, but it does hurt the Saints' ability to pass the ball to a RB coming out of the backfield, something that Thomas has provided in getting the Saints to the postseason.ANALYST: Ivar G. Anderson
Devin Hester (toe) has been cleared to return from injury in Week 13.
Hester has been on short-term IR all year with the toe injury and has finally been cleared to return. Considering the offensive struggles for the Falcons, he may be used as more than just a return man. There's been little help opposite Julio Jones so perhaps Hester will get a crack at some extra snaps. He certainly couldn't do worse than what the team has there right now. Of course, Matt Ryan still has to wake up as well. Analysis: Howard Bender