Now we know why New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas only gained 17 yards Sunday. Thomas reportedly suffered a high ankle sprain during the Saints’ 34-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
While fantasy players might freak out about that news, Thomas reportedly believes he can play through the injury.
#Saints star WR Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle injury in Sunday’s win over the #Bucs, but it’s something he believes he can play through, sources tell me and @RapSheet. With an extra day before next Monday’s game vs. #Raiders, nobody ruling Thomas out.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 14, 2020
The Saints don’t play until Monday in Week 2, so that gives Thomas an extra day to recover.
Thomas received just five targets during Sunday’s win. He caught three balls for 17 yards. Thomas had more than five targets in every game last season.
Michael Thomas will attempt to play through injury
We don’t know the exact severity of Thomas’ injury, but high ankle sprains can take weeks to recover. We also don’t know if Thomas’ decision to play will impact how quickly his ankle is able to heal. The injury was clearly a problem Sunday, as Thomas didn’t produce anywhere near his usual numbers.
Now that the injury has been diagnosed, Thomas may be better prepared for what’s ahead. The Saints are a much better team when Thomas is on the field, so the team will do whatever it can to get Thomas close to 100 percent. It’s possible that will help Thomas put up numbers over the next couple weeks, but an injury of this severity shouldn’t be taken lightly.
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