New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas’ injury saga continues.
There was a time just a few years ago that the New Orleans Saints and probably the rest of the NFL viewed Thomas as the league’s best wide receiver, or close to it.
Thomas set the NFL record for catches in a season in 2019 with 149 for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns just after signing a five-year extension to his contract for $96 million. He also led the NFL in receptions in 2018 with 125 for 1,405 yards. He made the Pro Bowl three straight years from 2017-19 after being selected in the first round in 2016 out of Ohio State.
After an ankle injury and surgeries on it, Thomas missed most of the 2020 season and all of the 2021 season. After playing in just three games this year, he is expected to miss the rest of the season with a toe injury that sidelined him for the last five games and will require surgery.
The Saints placed him on injured reserve on Wednesday afternoon after first-year coach Dennis Allen had said in recent weeks that his rehabilitation from the injury was progressing well.
“I don’t anticipate that he’ll be able to return this year,” Allen said on a teleconference Thursday.
Thomas has 16 catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns in three games this season. He has played in 10 games over the last three seasons.
The Saints (3-5) host the Baltimore Ravens (5-3) on Monday night on ESPN.