Saints HC Sean Payton admitted that the team is still monitoring the ankle injury that cost WR Michael Thomas 9 games last year. “We still monitor it, pay attention to it, scan it, and all those things," Payton said. "He’s getting treatment and doing the things necessary. So, so far, so good.” It's slightly concerning that the issue isn't completely behind Thomas. But he's participating in minicamp, so the Saints obviously aren't too worried. Thomas remains a nice value pick in the 3rd round of fantasy drafts.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's "read" is that Jameis Winston has the "leg up" on the Saints' starting QB job. Rapoport adds that there will be a competition between Winston and Taysom Hill this summer but that Winston "really impressed in practice" last year. Hill reportedly stepped in when Drew Brees went down only because HC Sean Payton had promised Hill that he'd get an opportunity. This will be 1 of the biggest training camp battles to track -- not only for Winston and Hill's fantasy values, but also Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara's.
Saints WR Michael Thomas will "likely" have surgery this offseason to repair a torn deltoid and other injured ligaments in his ankle, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Thomas hurt that ankle in Week 1, didn't return until Week 9 and played the rest of the way with pain medication, per Schefter. It's safe to say that Thomas was never at full strength after the opener. Assuming better health, he'll be a prime 2021 bounce-back candidate.
The Saints have added WR Michael Thomas to the active roster, according to Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football. That comes as no surprise after a practice week filled with positive reports. Thomas looks ready for Sunday's game against the Bears.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Saints WR Michael Thomas' "progress has been good" in his ankle rehab. Thomas was placed on IR ahead of Week 15, seemingly to get him ready for the postseason. He's expected to be limited in Wednesday's practice, per Rapoport, and then "will ramp up during the week." Thoma is fully expected to play vs. the Bears on Sunday.
The Saints have placed WR Michael Thomas (ankle) on IR. So he'll miss the final 3 games of the regular season. The team expects Thomas "close to 100% for the start of the playoffs," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith will operate as New Orleans' top 2 WRs vs. the Chiefs, Vikings and Panthers the next 3 weeks. Jared Cook is back in the TE1 mix with Thomas out and QB Drew Brees back.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. It's unclear if he suffered a setback with that ankle in last week's loss to the Eagles or early in the practice week. Either way, QB Drew Brees will return with Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith as his top 2 WRs. RB Alvin Kamara and TE Jared Cook also project for target bumps with Thomas sidelined.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints QB Drew Brees (ribs) will start Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Brees has reportedly looked and felt good enough in practice this week and has been cleared by doctors to return. The 41-year-old averaged 265 yards and 2.1 TDs across 8 full games to open the season, completing 74% of his passes and averaging 7.4 yards per attempt. He figures to find himself in a shootout vs. the Chiefs this weekend. So, assuming he has WR Michael Thomas (ankle), Brees will be back in the low-end QB1 mix. His return is good news for Thomas and especially Alvin Kamara.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He was on the injury report with the ankle last week but got in 3 limited practices. It's unclear at this point if Thomas is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but it's at least safe to say the ankle is worse off this week than last. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
"Signs are pointing towards" Saints QB Taysom Hill getting the start against the Falcons this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hill has taken starter reps in practice this week. It's a mild surprise only because the Saints figure to drastically alter their offense moving from a pure pocket passer in Drew Brees to a dual-threat in Hill. There's still a chance New Orleans mixes in QB Jameis Winston, but Hill has suddenly become a super intriguing Week 11 fantasy play. He brings big rushing upside -- and the matchup is sweet vs. Atlanta's 32nd-ranked QB defense. The move to Hill is a major downgrade for WR Michael Thomas and the rest of New Orleans' pass catchers.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Hill "will start" vs. Atlanta after taking "all the starter reps" at practice this week. Winston will back him up.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) is active for tonight’s game against the Bucs. He was limited in practice all week and carries elevated risk coming off a 7-week absence with 2 different injuries. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported this morning that Thomas isn't expected to play his usual allotment of snaps. He's more of a low-end WR1 for Week 9.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) is expected to play against the Bucs tonight, "barring a setback." Thomas can be placed back into starting fantasy lineups, although it'd be wise to have an alternative on your roster just in case of that setback.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game vs. the Bucs. HC Sean Payton suggested on Friday that he'll be a game-time decision, but ESPN's Dianna Russini hears that Thomas will play. He carries elevated risk coming off a 7-week absence with 2 different injuries. But you'd need to be awfully loaded at WR to keep Thomas benched in season-long leagues.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) remained limited on Thursday. That's 4 straight limited practices for him. His availability for Sunday night's game against the Bucs remains uncertain. Hopefully we have a better idea when New Orleans' final injury report in released tomorrow.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He was limited last Thursday and Friday before missing the Bears game, so this isn't necessarily a sign of progress. Thomas' status for Sunday night's game vs. the Bucs remains uncertain. We'll get another update tomorrow.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bears. He at least got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. So, barring another injury or setback, he has a shot to return for Week 9. WR Marquez Callaway (ankle) is also out this weekend, leaving Tre’Quan Smith and Deonte Harris as New Orleans’ top 2 WRs.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That at least gives him a chance to play against the Bears this weekend. We'll get another update on Thomas' status tomorrow. WR Marquez Callaway (ankle) was also limited on Thursday.
Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) remained sidelined on Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this past Sunday that Thomas might miss this weekend's game against the Bears. His week isn't off to a great start. We'll see if he can get back on the practice field tomorrow. WR Marquez Callaway (ankle) also missed Wednesday's practice.
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