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Saints rule RB Thomas out vs. Eagles

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METAIRIE, La. (AP)

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled out of the team's playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday with a back injury.

Thomas, the team's leading rusher, did not practice all week after being injured in the regular-season finale against Tampa Bay last Sunday. He was listed as out on the Saints' final injury report Friday.

Thomas has rushed for 549 yards, but also has caught a career-high 77 passes for 513 yards.

Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles could see increased carries in the playoff game at Philadelphia.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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