NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Deuce McAllister will lead the New Orleans Saints into the playoffs, at least during introductions.
The Saints re-signed their popular all-time rusher on Friday with the intention of making him an honorary captain, but coach Sean Payton says McAllister won't play in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Payton says the Saints first discussed the idea of making McAllister an unofficial guest captain a couple weeks ago. When reserve defensive tackle Rodney Leisle hurt his knee and was unable to practice this week, Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis decided to make McAllister an official part of the team.
McAllister has been out of football for about a year, but participated in a closed practice at the club's suburban training headquarters.
When asked about the team's action, McAllister said he was "speechless."