Saints RB Thomas returns to practice Thursday

Saints RB Thomas returns to practice Thursday

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 29: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

METAIRIE, La. — Saints running back Pierre Thomas returned to practice Thursday, his first time on the field since injuring his chest in New Orleans’ regular season-ending win over Tampa Bay.

He was limited, along with defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle).

They were the only two players to not fully participate in the Saints’ last session before Saturday’s NFC playoff game at Seattle.

Should Thomas be healthy enough to play, he would give the Saints a four-back rotation that includes Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Khiry Robinson. Ingram and Robinson helped the Saints pile up 185 yards on the ground in the Saints’ wild card playoff win over Philadelphia a week ago.

Meanwhile, for Seattle, linebacker K.J. Wright (foot) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill (groin) didn’t practice, the only two Seahawks to be held out.

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