METAIRIE, La. – Michael Thomas’ status is “week to week” after the New Orleans Saints wide catcher sustained a serious ankle injury in the closing minutes of Sunday’s win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sources said. to ESPN.
The Saints expect Thomas to miss the game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football, the sources say, because high ankle sprains typically sprains secondary players for three to four weeks.
However, Thomas isn’t convinced he’s wasting time and hopes to return as soon as possible.
The Saints debated the idea of putting Thomas, 27, in reserve for injuries – which would put him on the sidelines for at least three weeks ̵
Thomas has only missed one game due to injury in his career – as a rookie in 2016. His absence would leave a huge void in the New Orleans offense; Thomas just set the NFL record with 149 catches last season for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.
However, on Sunday the Saints beat Tampa Bay 34-23 despite Thomas having his quietest statistical production in three years (three catches for 17 yards). Thomas limped off the field just before a two-minute yellow card in the fourth quarter after a leg rolled into Latavius Murray. The Fox broadcast showed Thomas standing on the sidelines shortly thereafter with no packs or ice.
Despite the win, both Saints manager Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees described their performances as “horrible”, promising to have cleaner offensive outings in the future. However, now it could become a more difficult task.
If Thomas wastes time, veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ offseason signing will become even more vital. Sanders scored three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown in his Saints debut on Sunday. Running back Alvin Kamara, tight end Jared Cook, quarterback / tight end Taysom Hill, and receivers Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris and Bennie Fowler may also play bigger roles in the New Orleans passing game.