Saints rule RB Thomas out vs. Eagles

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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