New Orleans Saints All-Pro WR Michael Thomas will likely miss the start of 2021
regular-season because of ankle surgery he had in June. Thomas had ligaments in
his ankle surgically repaired last month
Thomas suffered a serious ankle injury in last season’s opener against the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers and missed the following six games. After his return, Michael Thomas
caught 40 passes in seven games (five starts) for 438 yards, but he did not catch a
touchdown last season.
After being placed on injured reserve for the regular season’s final three games.
He returned for the postseason, catching a TD pass in the win over the Chicago Bears.
But Thomas was blanked in the loss the following week at home to Tampa Bay.
A four-month timetable could shelf Thomas until October based on his June surgery
date. Now the question becomes: Why did he have it so late in the offseason?
The Saints already will be without Drew Brees, who retired this offseason and lost
multiple starters (including wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders) via free agency. They
also face the loss of defensive lineman David Onyemata, who is currently suspended
for the season’s first six games.
Now this Thomas loss — for an indeterminate length of time — will make life tougher
for the Saints’ quarterbacks. There’s expected to be a battle for the starting job
between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill for the right to replace Brees.
The Saints’ other receivers on the roster include Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway,
Deonte Harris, Juwan Johnson, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Jake Lampman, Kawaan Baker,
Jalen McCleskey and Easop Winston Jr. That group combined for 82 catches for 913
yards and six scores a year ago.