Report: Michael Thomas is expected to start season on PUP, return Week 7

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The Saints should be livid and likely are that star receiver Michael Thomas waited so long to have ankle surgery. Now, they are bracing to be without Thomas for about half the season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Thomas is expected to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, which will keep him out at least six weeks, and return by Week 7 against the Seahawks.

The surgery, which Thomas underwent in June, calls for a four-month recovery. It’s the same ankle Thomas injured in Week 1 last season, and he ended up playing only seven games.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96 million contract extension with the team in 2019, and he caught 149 passes for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns that season. He made only 40 receptions for 438 yards in 2020.

The Saints are working out receivers Monday, including Chris Hogan, but seeking to replace Thomas the day before training camp begins is not ideal.

The Saints currently have Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris, among others, in its receivers room.

24 responses to “Report: Michael Thomas is expected to start season on PUP, return Week 7

  1. Bet they wish they could go back and skip that big contract exension. He’ll make over $15 million next season and will be 29 and coming off two straight years where he played in only about half the games.

  2. I think the Saints management are partially to blame given that they should have been more involved in the medical process early on, rather than trusting him to get it taken care of sooner.

  3. Needs to lose amount of contract paid equivalent to 7 games out of contract years along with any pay for the upcoming games missed. Still gets a free pass on all the missed preseason practices and team activities.

  4. Not a good look for this guy. You dont pay guys big from Ohio St. see Elliot now this guy. They already have a sense of entitlement coming from Columbus, then you throw big money at them, with no QB. Saints management looks foolish here

  5. Thomas was dominated many until he signed that big contract. I thought Thomas would continue to be a force to be reckoned with but he hasn’t been the same since

  6. Michael Thomas broke the NFL record for receptions…

    AFTER he signed the big contract extension, not before…

  7. That’s still a very good roster, but the Saints seem to be snake bitten this off-season. Their defense was elite last year though while people still seem to be the 2009 Saints. They won mostly with defense and a balanced offense last year, and this guy missed most of it. That extension was definitely a blunder though.

  8. This reminds me of the Sidney Rice situation for the Vikings in 2010. After having a career year in 2009, he injured his hip in the NFC championship game. He waited until three weeks into training camp to finally get the surgery and missed most of the season. The Vikings signed Javon Walker and traded for Greg Camarillo and Randy Moss. Rice finished the year with 17 receptions on 42 targets and Moss got cut after four games. Thus began the most ridiculous season in Viking history, which is saying a lot.

  9. This is where you realize trading this guy now is better than any practical alternative now or 2 years from now.

  10. Looks like he’s getting career advice from Albert Haynesworth.. Get paid and then get lazy..

    Sadly after the Saints release this guy someone like Jurrah Jones or Dan Snyder will pick him up and pay him…

  11. nhpats2011 says:
    July 26, 2021 at 3:40 pm
    Take the under on the Saints
    Even if it is 0.

  12. Another Diva wide receiver, glad to see “normal” is coming back

  13. He caught 149 balls in a season. He won’t catch that total for the rest of his career.

  14. Mike had a great season after he got paid. The team can take most of the blame on his injury
    They had the game won he got hurt on a garbage time TD in week one.

  15. anyone saying he got lazy has obviously not watched any saints games. he got injured, not lazy.

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