New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's Wild Card Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Friday. He missed his third straight practice Friday, the team's final workout before the playoff contest.

Thomas suffered the injury in the Saints' 42-17 regular season finale victory against the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday.

Saints coach Sean Payton wouldn't elaborate on Thomas' status or availability for the game Saturday. But he said the Saints are deep at the running back spot.

"We kept five this year, which is unusual,'' Payton said. "We felt those five guys were really important to what we do. Each one of those guys has a different skill set. The versatility is important. That's one of the strengths of Pierre, his versatility both in the passing game and the running game and with regards to protections.''

Saints safety Rafael Bush (ankle), who went full speed Friday, is probable and linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf), who did not practice Friday, is questionable.