Saints' Thomas bruises ribs in loss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans running back Pierre Thomas left the Saints' game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with bruised ribs.

The injury appeared to occur during the second quarter of Sunday's game on a 26-yard run. After being looked at by trainers on the sideline, Thomas went back into the game, but team officials said in the second half that he would sit out the remainder of the game.

Thomas is New Orleans' leading rusher with 793 yards this season, including 60 yards and an 8-yard touchdown in the first half against the Buccaneers.

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