METAIRIE, La. – Michael Thomas, the recipient of New Orleans Saints, will miss the final three regular season games due to his persistent ankle injury, the team said on Saturday.
The Saints expect him to be almost 100% at the start of the playoffs, sources Adam Schefter from ESPN said on Saturday.
If Thomas goes on IR he has to miss at least three games. He’d played through the ankle injury since returning in week 9.
Thomas’ ankle just didn’t get better with training and games, sources told ESPN. He didn’t train at all this week before being disqualified for Sunday’s showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The timing is unfortunate for a Saints team that has just officially activated quarterback Drew Brees from his own four-game stint on the IR with 11 broken ribs and a lung injury. This dynamic offensive duo has only played two full games together this season.
The Saints (10-3) are currently being inducted into the NFC’s No. 2 because they would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker to the Green Bay Packers (10-3).
Named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 with a league record of 149 catches, Thomas has only played seven games this season. He originally had a bad ankle sprain in the final minutes of a Week 1 win against Tampa Bay.
When he was about to return to the line-up, Thomas was put in for a game as a discipline for a practice argument in which he met his teammate C.J. Gardner-Johnson struck. Then he sustained a hamstring injury that took him two weeks off.
However, Thomas has been productive since returning from the injuries. In the last six games – four of them with backup QB Taysom Hill – Thomas has 37 catches for 421 yards but no touchdowns.
“I’m proud of him because I know it was difficult to work back,” said Saints coach Sean Payton last week. “He’s still trying to get 100%. Obviously the injury he’s had was substantial. But man, he’s made up some big games here. And for a new quarterback on the line-up to have that goal and someone coming down. ” playing with the ball is a big deal. “
On other turns, the Saints put receiver kick returner Deonte Harris on IR with his ongoing neck injury. Harris, who was an unoccupied first-team rookie all-pro last year, has been out since week 11.
The Saints have also added broad receiver kick returnee Tommylee Lewis, receiver Juwan Johnson, and security guard Will Clapp to their active roster from their training team. They have named recipient Lil’Jordan Humphrey as an active squad on the training team for Sunday’s game. And they passed on Garrett Griffin and quarterback Trevor Siemian, who was signed as extra depth during Brees’ absence.