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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the injuries to Saints WRs Michael Thomas (toe) and Jarvis Landry (foot) are not believed to be serious. Rapoport says Landry is "dealing with soreness," while Thomas' foot injury is not to the same side as his previous ankle injury. Both guys are scheduled for additional testing on Monday, but it sounds like they have a shot to play against the Vikings in London on Sunday morning.

Saints WR Michael Thomas is questionable to return to Sunday's game vs. the Panthers with a foot injury. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

Saints WR Michael Thomas checked in 2nd among Saints in targets in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, catching 6 of his 9 looks for 65 yards and the team's only TD. Thomas is looking like a weekly starter, drawing 23% of targets through 2 games. WR Jarvis Landry saw his targets dip vs. Week 1 but maintained his position among the top 3 in routes. TE Juwan Johnson checked in just behind the 3 wideouts in route rate, running a route on 68.8% of Jameis Winston drop backs. His 7 targets ranked 3rd on the team and produced a decent 4-40 receiving line.

Rookie WR Chris Olave led the Saints with 13 targets in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. He caught just 5 of them, though, tallying 80 yards. Olave notably spent a lot of time working downfield, though. According to Pro Football Focus, he sported a 26.1-yard average depth of target for the game. He became the 1st player to ever do so on 13+ targets in PFF's 17 years of charting data, and the 1st to do so on 10+ targets since Mike Wallace in 2013. Olave checked in close with Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry in playing time and routes once again. It won't be surprising if the targets continue to fluctuate among that top 3. Olave's tremendous ADOT, though, will make it easier for him to deliver above-average efficiency. QB Jameis Winston and the passing game might be in for better defensive matchups until a Week 10 visit to Pittsburgh.

Saints WR Jarvis Landry racked up the most targets (9), receptions (7) and receiving yards (114) on the team in Sunday's dramatic victory over the Falcons. He edged Michael Thomas by a target and watched Thomas snag both of the team's receiving TDs. But each vet finished well ahead of rookie WR Chris Olave's 3 targets. TE Juwan Johnson ranked 3rd on the team with 5 looks.

11:31am EDT 9/11/22

Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) is active for today’s game vs. the Falcons. He was limited in practice all week after hurting his hammy in the middle of August. That adds even more risk to a guy who’s playing his first game since January 2021.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) is "likely" to play vs. the Falcons today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Thomas got in 3 limited practices this week and is listed as questionable. He can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now, but check back around 11:30 am ET to make sure he's active.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Falcons. Both HC Dennis Allen and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggested on Thursday that Thomas was trending toward being available, but you'll need to check inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday to make sure he's suiting up.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) told reporters on Thursday that he plans on playing vs. the Falcons this weekend. He's been limited in practice so far this week. We'll see how he's listed on the final injury report later this afternoon.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) put in another limited practice on Thursday. It's good news that he was able to work again after a limited practice on Wednesday, but his status for this weekend's opener vs. the Falcons remains uncertain. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. "We'll see, but he's progressing," HC Dennis Allen said afterward. Thomas seems genuinely questionable for this weekend's opener vs. the Falcons. We'll update his status again tomorrow.

Saints insider Jeff Duncan reports that WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) was present for Monday's walkthrough. "Another positive sign for his playing status on Sunday," Duncan tweeted. We'll get the Saints' first official injury report of the season later today, but it sounds like Thomas is trending toward being available for this weekend's opener vs. the Falcons.

Saints WR Michael Thomas is battling “a little bit of a hamstring” injury, per HC Dennis Allen. He missed practice on Sunday. Thomas, of course, missed all of last season with ankle trouble and last suited up on January 17th, 2021. We’ll let you know when he’s back on the field.

Saints WR Michael Thomas took part in team drills Saturday for the 1st time in training camp. It’s just another step in the return of a player who has been drawing strong reviews since he got back onto the field

Saints WR Michael Thomas took part in 1-on-1 drills Friday for the 1st time in training camp and impressed. "He looks exactly like he used to look, before the ankle injury," writes Luke Johnson of NOLA.com. Multiple reports had Thomas abusing the coverage of CB Paulson Adebo, who Johnson reports "had been locking up just about every receiver he'd gone against." The flow of positive reviews on Thomas' work makes it even easier to gamble on him in best-balls drafts. His Underdog ADP remains at just WR32 as of this writing.

Saints HC Dennis Allen said Wednesday that WR Michael Thomas "looks outstanding" in camp so far. "Obviously, we're still in a progression with him," Allen added. "He got some 7-on-7 today. We plan on continuing to progress that. Hopefully soon we'll get on to some team work and keep rolling." Thomas might not be at 100% quite yet, but reports on his play in camp have been universally positive. He continues to climb our WR rankings.

Reports on Saints WR Michael Thomas' return to practice have been positive so far. "He looked fluid and had no noticeable braces or wrapping around the left ankle that was originally injured in Week 1 of the 2020 season," ESPN's Mike Triplett wrote. "He doesn’t look like he’s at all favoring his ankle ... Looked smooth," The New Orleans Advocate's Luke Johnson added. Thomas isn't participating in full team drills and admitted that he's not yet back to 100%. But he's clearly making good progress. We'll continue to keep a close eye on him and his ADP.

Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) was activated from the PUP list and practiced on Wednesday. Here's video proof. "Thomas moved well," insider Nick Underhill tweeted. "No limp. Participated in individual, routes on air. No full team work yet." We'll keep a close eye on Thomas over the next few weeks -- and see where his ADP goes. He's sunk all the way to WR41 in recent Underdog ADP.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis expects WR Michael Thomas (ankle) to return to practice "soon." Thomas opened camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab a lingering ankle issue. "I don't expect him to be on [the PUP list] very long, he's just not quite ready to be full go yet," Loomis added. The optimism is nice, but Thomas remains a risky fantasy pick until we actually see him on the field.

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