Saints Running Back Pierre Thomas Ruled Out of Wild Card Playoff Game Against Eagles With Injury

The New Orleans Saints announced on Friday that running back Pierre Thomas will miss Saturday’s wild card playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a back injury.

Thomas led the Saints with 549 rushing yards this season, and he also made a major impact in the passing game with 77 receptions for 513 yards and three touchdowns.

The 29-year-old veteran suffered the injury in the team’s 42-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.

Luckily for the Saints, they have enough depth at running back without Thomas to open up play-action opportunities for quarterback Drew Brees against an Eagles defense that ranks 32nd against the pass. Second-year running back Mark Ingram and veteran Darren Sproles should play larger roles in the offense Saturday night in Philadelphia.

New Orleans has never won a playoff game on the road (0-5).

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