Michael Thomas still ‘a couple weeks away’ from playing in 2021

We won’t understand anything conclusive till the very first New Orleans Saints injury report drops later on today, however we shouldn’t anticipate Michael Thomas to be prepared to bet the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 25. Or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers video game on Oct. 31.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tossed some cold water on the anticipated skill injection for the Saints offense coming out of their bye week on Monday.

“Star receiver for the Saints Michael Thomas has been battling that lower leg injury, kind of ankle injury ever since his surgery in the spring,” Rapoport stated throughout a look on NFL Live. “I’m told he’s still expected to be a couple weeks away. So that really quick infusion of offense for the New Orleans Saints, doesn’t sound like it’s coming this week or next week.”

This lines up with previously reporting from NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill, who recommended Thomas might require more time to increase his work after not playing football for 9 months. Thomas has actually been exercising on his own however has yet to join his colleagues for group drills or contact at any level. That’s going to need a modification.

And it’s the expectation for a lot of gamers who begin the year on the puppy (physically not able to carry out) list. They’re required to be non-active for 6 weeks prior to opening a 21-day window in which to practice with the group. As soon as that window closes they should either be triggered to the 53-man lineup or sidelined for an ongoing healing on hurt reserve.

It’s aggravating, however the Saints have actually gotten this far without Thomas. Their offense is ranked tenth in points per video game (25.4) and 3rd down conversion rate (43.1%), with a league-best red zone scoring rate of 92.9%. They can soldier on till November if that’s what it takes.

Tre’Quan Smith ought to return from hurt reserve and use an increase to the getting corps by drawing attention far from backups Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, and Kenny Stills, even if he isn’t the No. 1 weapon Thomas has actually shown to be. At this moment, possibly the very best thing fans can do is keep expectations silenced and commemorate Thomas’ return once it takes place.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.