The New Orleans Saints have traded defensive end Akiem Hicks to the New England Patriots in exchange for Michael Hoomanawanui , according to the New Orleans Privateers Times-Picayune.
Hicks, who was a third-round pick in 2012, will bolster the Patriots' defensive line depth, but with just two tackles in two games this season, he's off the fantasy radar.
Perhaps it's a matter of semantics, but
"I got benched ... going into the third (quarter)," Hicks told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Hicks had good reason to believe so after playing only 28 snaps in the game. But Payton didn't see it that way.
"It wasn't benched," Payton said. "I told him, hey, we're going to play some other guys here. And that's what we did."
The coach added that the team has been rotating defensive linemen throughout the preseason and into the regular season.
Thomas played a limited role in Week 16 against the Falcons, catching just two passes for 24 yards, before injuring his ribs and leaving the game.
He finishes the year with 45 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
New Orleans remains a 6 1/2-point favorite at home against the Falcons.
Also suiting up are left tackle
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