Report shows exactly how the New Orleans Saints may be without Michael Thomas
By Bob Garcia
The Saints are going to be off to a slow start in the new season without Thomas
The news of Michael Thomas’ absence from the New Orleans Saints season opener has been quite saddening as he is clearly an important key to the team’s offense. The wide receiver had to undergo surgery after taking a hard hit to the ligament in his ankle, and according to a report, there’s now a clearer idea of how long his full recovery may take.
Thomas finally went under the knife in June to repair the injury, although even head coach Sean Payton admits that it probably should have happened sooner. Saints insider Nick Underhill has shared information that has had many quite anxious. According to proper estimates, Underhill said that the recovery time for healing a repaired ligament can range from six to eight weeks. However, this does not mean that once it is concluded, he will be able to return to the playing field as an additional six to eight weeks is required to begin running and cutting at a level appropriate for a high-impact league like the NFL.
It is already more than obvious that Thomas will miss training camp and the preseason, but based on estimates, it is possible that he will not be around for the first few weeks of the regular season either. Should the recovery take longer than expected, it would mean that Thomas could miss more than four months from the time of his surgery, which was performed in June. In other words, the player would be out for roughly a quarter of the NFL season and that is definitely not good news for the Saints, especially when it is a year where they are expected to have a new quarterback to define.
The various injuries Thomas has suffered limited him to just seven games last season, a year after he set an NFL single-season record for receptions with 149. The Saints are hoping that Thomas’ healing will not take long and that he will soon be added back to the team so that he can have his vast experience on the field.