The all-pro NFL receiver Michael Thomas was unable to practice on Thursday after missing more than 2 weeks of practice. The Saints still believe that Thomas should be able to play against the Packers in week 3, but it’s highly unlikely.
Michael Thomas’ injury
Michael Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain in the season opener, forcing him to sit out for week 2. Initially, it was reported that he’ll have to sit out numerous weeks but the Saints believe Thomas will recover quickly.
Thomas is as tough as they come and surely will try to defy that timeline. But it’ll be a battle.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 15, 2020
He didn’t practice at all last week and missed the Saint’s Monday night game against the Raiders. Thomas was listed as not participating on Wednesday’s practice report as well.
The Saints opted not to put Thomas on injured reserve, which would have ruled him out for three games. This suggested they expected him back inside that timeframe, but it’s doubtful he’ll play in week 3.
How Thomas’ injury impacted the Saints
The Saints took a tough defeat against the Las Vegas Raiders in week 2. Drew Brees, one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history struggled throughout, completing less than 70% of his passes.
He also threw an interception. Running back Alvin Kamara seemed to be the only highlight for the Saints. He rushed for 79 yards and also had 9 receptions for 95 yards. The Saints wide receivers had a difficult time without their leading receiver.
Even though Tre’Quan Smith caught for a whole heap of yards, they failed to convert on 5 key first downs; a position where Michael Thomas’ route running would torch any defense.
What’s next for the Saints and Thomas?
The Saints mostly won’t risk Thomas playing this Sunday as it could worsen his injury. They’ll definitely have a hard game against the Packers defense. Newly added Emmanual Sanders is still trying to find his rhythm but the good news is that Jared Cook and Tre’Quan Smith are still dangerous threats on offense.
Thomas could take a good few weeks to recover and excel. This year it’s easily possible he won’t lead the NFL in receptions or receiving yards.