Challenger RB Pierre Thomas Questionable for Week 1

By  Last updated: 27th April 2011

Charleston Challengers running back Pierre Thomas issued an injury update Friday, calling himself “questionable” for the season opener against the Miami Miracles next Sunday at Waffle House Field.

Thomas, who spent the offseason trying to convince team officials that he can be an every-down back, has been sidelined since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee two weeks ago in preseason action.

He finished with 11 touches in two exhibition games, rushing eight times for 35 yards and catching three passes for 27 yards and one touchdown.

“It means a lot, and I really want to play in the opener — but I don’t want to cause any more damage,” Thomas said. “I don’t want to take a chance where I just play this game and don’t play out the season. I want to be smart about it.

“My main focus is trying to get back for the first game. But if it’s not ready, it’s not ready. I can’t push it.”

Thomas said he is not opposed to playing hurt, noting that he finished one game late last season after dislocating his left wrist. On Friday, he estimated his injured knee to be at “65 percent” full strength.

“It felt good moving around today,” he said. “I got a chance to move sideways. That was my biggest problem. I couldn’t really cut too much, but I’m starting to slowly shuffle. It’s getting a lot better. It’s not hurting me that much, but I am wearing a brace, so I won’t irritate it and cause any more damage to it.

“I try to fight through any nicks and bruises if I can. But if I know it’s something that can put me out for a long time, I got to slow down. I got to think about it and take my time off.”

Head coach Chris Bransfield had no comment, save for referring to Thomas as a pejorative term for female genitalia.

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