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Michael Thomas limited in Saints practice; John Kuhn returns

METAIRIE, La. -- Receiver Michael Thomas practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and afterward said he and the New Orleans Saints are being “smart” about his workload following the hamstring injury he suffered last Friday.

Thomas played through the injury in Sunday’s 23-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He was limited to 40 snaps, catching four passes for 66 yards.

“I felt good [after the game],” said Thomas, who explained that he injured his hamstring on the second-to-last play of last Friday’s practice and experienced soreness a day later -- which is why he was added to the injury report on Saturday.

Thomas was not present for the early portion of practice that was open to the media on Wednesday. But he apparently participated in a limited portion of team drills later during practice.

Four players did not practice on Wednesday: left tackle Terron Armstead (thigh), receiver Brandon Coleman (neck), linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha (ankle) and defensive end Trey Hendrickson (ankle).

Defensive tackle John Hughes was placed on injured reserve with an unspecified injury and was replaced by veteran Tony McDaniel.

Meanwhile, Saints fullback John Kuhn was back on the practice field Wednesday for the first time in three months, with the Saints designating him to return from injured reserve. He can return to the active roster in two weeks if the Saints are still playing.

Kuhn suffered a biceps injury during practice in London during Week 4. He said at the time he didn’t know if he would return this year but he planned to rehab as aggressively as possible regardless.

And since the Saints had used only one of their two IR returns this year, Kuhn said, “We had this chip to play.”