METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas is more likely to have surgical procedures on the torn deltoid and different injured ligaments in his ankle that plagued him all season, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
Thomas first suffered the excessive ankle harm within the closing minutes of Week 1 and missed a complete of 9 video games within the common season. However the supply mentioned he knew it was seemingly Drew Brees‘ final season and did not wish to miss out on making an attempt to win a Tremendous Bowl with him.
Thomas typically would not apply all week, but would nonetheless play in video games, at a lot lower than 100% and with ache medicine, the supply mentioned. The coaches instructed him that, whilst injured as he was, they had been a lot better off with him than with out him.
Thomas went on injured reserve from Weeks 15-17 to attempt to get as wholesome as he may for the playoffs. He returned with 5 catches for 73 yards and his first landing of the season within the wild-card playoff win over the Chicago Bears. Nevertheless, he had zero catches on 4 targets within the divisional spherical playoff loss to Tampa Bay — together with a near-touchdown through which his knee was dominated out of bounds.
Thomas additionally missed Weeks 2-Eight after first struggling the harm, then being disciplined for one recreation for a apply altercation that included him punching teammate C.J. Gardner-Johnson, after which struggling a hamstring harm throughout his restoration.
He completed the common season with 40 catches for 438 yards and 0 touchdowns in seven video games — only one season after setting the NFL document with 149 catches in 2019. He did, nonetheless, have two video games with 9 catches and greater than 100 yards receiving throughout Taysom Hill‘s four-game stint at QB whereas Brees was sidelined by accidents of his personal.
Thomas’ 510 profession receptions are essentially the most by a participant within the first 5 seasons of his NFL profession.