The Saints have placed Pierre Thomas on injured reserve and he is now out for the playoffs. He joins Chris Ivory, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

TE Jimmy Graham, DB Malcolm Jenkins, DT Anthony Hargrove and LB Danny Clark also missed practice.

Payton said the move to place Thomas on IR was made after consulting with the team's doctors and trainers.

'We're at the time of year where you want to do what's best,' he said at Wednesday's post-practice press conference.

Payton also elaborated on the injury to Chris Ivory, saying he had a fracture in his foot and will need surgery.

The Saints signed running back Joique Bell Wednesday. They added running back DeShawn Wynn on Tuesday.

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