Saints place running back Pierre Thomas, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks on injured reserve, promote two from practice squad _lowres

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) runs against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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The Saints have promoted wide receiver Brandon Coleman and linebacker Jerry Franklin from their practice squad to the active roster; and in corresponding moves, they placed defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and running back Pierre Thomas on season-ending injured reserve, according to coach Sean Payton.

Hicks has a lingering ankle injury he played through the last game. Thomas left the Saints’ last game with hurt ribs.

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