Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints suffered injury during game against the Bucs
By Bob Garcia
The wide receiver hopes to be able to ignore an ankle injury and stay on the field
The first week of the 2020 NFL season just passed and one of the New Orleans Saints’ best players got injured during the first games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Wide receiver Michael Thomas seems to have injured his high ankle; however, he believes it is something he can play through, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Given that the next game is on Monday night against the Las Vegas Raiders, Thomas will have one extra day to recover and possibly be ready to play.
Even though he was injured during the match, Thomas was able to play 80.3% of the Saint’s offensive snaps in the victory against the Bucs. Some people are concerned, however, as high-ankle injuries tend to give players a hard time, especially increasing the amount of time away from the field. However, it seems that Thomas’ injury is not as serious as it could be, which is also good news for New Orleans, as the team could not depend on his star player as much as usual during Sunday’s game. The single-season receptions record-holder was targeted only five times during the first game. Thomas actually recorded a career-low 11 yards on three receptions, which might have been due to his ankle injury.
These are not average numbers for Thomas and, between Week 17 and the playoffs last year, he had three games in a row where he picked up 70 or less receiving yards, averaged less than five receptions and 42 yards per game, according to NFL Research. Injured or not, the rival’s defense will always go for Thomas; meanwhile, Alvin Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders are seeking opportunities to make a difference.