New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen has provided a critical update on the injury status of Michael Thomas.
The New Orleans Saints have been a somewhat consistent team over the past few years, winning the NFC South four seasons in a row from 2017-2020, winning 10 or more games in each of those seasons, and this past year finished 2nd in the division with a 9-8 record, which sadly wasn’t enough to get them in this time.
But whilst the results might have been consistent, one thing that hasn’t been totally consistent has been the players, as following the 2020 season they had to say goodbye to franchise quarterback and Saints icon Drew Brees, whilst this past offseason saw head coach Sean Payton step down, marking the end of an era somewhat in the Big Easy.
However, whilst there are some changes to personnel, one player who has been through it all has been wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has arguably been the critical skill player for the Saints.
Why’s Michael Thomas so important?
Over the past few years, Thomas could easily make the argument that he was the best receiver in the league, with 4 straight seasons of over 1,000 yards and 3 straight years of over 100 catches, but it’s the 2019 season that made him stand out, as he set an NFL record with 149 catches, led the league in receiving yards with 1,725 and won Offensive Player of the Year:
However 2020 and 2021 were nightmarish for him, as a high ankle sprain cost him a lot of 2020 whilst surgery meant that he was out for the entirety of 2021.
But it looks as if things are looking up for him once again.
When’s he coming back?
Speaking during the Saints’ OTAs, head coach Dennis Allen provided an update on when they expect Thomas to be back and working out with the team, and it looks as if it won’t be too far away:
More from Saints coach Dennis Allen on Michael Thomas:— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) May 26, 2022
“I know that he’s working his tail off to get himself back. And we feel good about where he’s at right now.” https://t.co/0hG5tyP6oi
Training camp for the Saints is set to start in the middle of June when their ‘mandatory minicamp’ is meant to start, and with that being a little over two weeks away, it seems pretty clear that Thomas should be back on the field before too long.
The only question that remains is if how effective he’ll be given how much time he has spent out of the game, but even if it’s 50% of what he could do previously, he still stands to be a crucial weapon for them moving forward.