Saints put Michael Thomas on injured reserve, ending his regular season

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Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is done for the rest of the regular season.

Thomas is being placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Under this year’s injured reserve rules, that means he has to miss at least three weeks, and there are three weeks left in the regular season. He can return for the postseason.

An ankle injury has plagued Thomas all season. He missed six of the first seven games because of his ankle, as well as a quadriceps injury and a one-game team suspension. Thomas led the NFL in catches each of the last two seasons, but this year he has just 40 catches for 438 yards and no touchdowns, by far the least productive season of his career.

If Thomas is back and 100 percent healthy in the playoffs, he can still be an important part of the Saints’ quest for a Super Bowl. But this regular season has been a major disappointment for a player who was, when healthy, widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the NFL.

19 responses to “Saints put Michael Thomas on injured reserve, ending his regular season

  1. Don’t forget that Thomas initially injured his ankle when the Saints were needlessly running up the score against the Bucs in week 1.

    I get not taking your foot off the gas, but maybe next time put a Tre’Quan Smith in when it’s garbage time and take out Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

  2. 1. There is no such thing as running up the score in the NFL.

    2. There is reasonable cause to believe that there’s more going on with Michael Thomas than his ankle.

  3. It’s good to see that someone learned from the Antonio Brown debacle. Anyone who believes he isn’t quietly trying to force his way out of New Orleans is in denial. Whatever team ends up with his services will still have to pay a hefty price, but at least he won’t become a pariah.

  4. Karma for running his mouth about Drew Brees and fighting Gardner-Johnson in practice this year?

  5. He’ll be traded before the 2021 draft and the Saints will combine that pick with their first rounder and draft a QB…

  6. 0 TDs. ZERO. Well, saints fans, I guess throwing shade at Julio and claiming Thomas was somehow better sure backfired. Enjoy that contract.

  7. I wonder what the ratio of signing a wide receiver to a monster contract is successful FOR THE TEAM that leads it DEEP into the playoffs? I would say the success rate overall is very poor.

    All below teams have gone no where

    Diggs- Vikings
    Antonio Brown
    Julio Jones

    I think only Tyreek Hill, was the last guy to get paid $20 mil or extremely high in the last 20 years to win a SB?

  8. Yall are idiots. He has been playing with a heavy wrap on his ankle for weeks. He’s hurt, that’s all. Players get hurt sometimes.

  9. Let him sit, and maybe he can help the Saints in the playoffs. He may be healthier by the. Funny how he and Brees keep missing each other.

  10. usmutts3 says:
    December 19, 2020 at 2:07 pm
    1. There is no such thing as running up the score in the NFL.

    I agree, but there is such a thing as unnecessarily putting a star player at risk.

  11. If he really can’t be happy with a huge contract, for a SB contending team like the Saints, under a coach and QB like Payton and Brees, I mean I don’t know what else he wants, how can he be happy anywhere else then.

  12. He got his money, he got his stats, he’s the WR1 on a SB contender. What else does this diva want.

  13. If he does want out, it seems he has a better rapport this season with Taysom Hill than Drew Brees. I don’t think Michael Thomas wants to run 6 yard slant routes for the rest of his life. He would like to play with a QB where he can run a full route tree. I think Brees is gone after this year so we’ll see if he wants to stay and play with Taysom and/or Jameis or something else is cooking down in NOLA.

  14. His own guy rolled up on him, injuries happen sometimes. I do think it could be a thing to rest him before the playoffs.

  15. Julio Jones is the most overrated WR to ever play the game. What 2-5 good games out of him?

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