Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) runs after a pass reception against Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) during the first quarter of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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Saints WR Thomas (ankle) participates in practice

New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

Thomas’ participation was a welcome sign considering he missed the Saints’ previous two games — both losses — with a high ankle sprain.

While it’s unclear if Thomas will be able to play for the Saints (1-2) in their Sunday road game against the Detroit Lions (1-2), quarterback Drew Brees was pleased to have him on the field.

“He looked good,” Brees said Wednesday. “He looked really good. I know he’s been champing at the bit. He’s a guy who has never missed time, is always fighting through things throughout the season, but such a tough guy and a great competitor. So, great to get him back, he looked really good, so we’ll see what that role is and go from there.”

Thomas, 27, injured the left ankle late in the Saints’ opening-game win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 13.

The Saints opted against placing Thomas on injured reserve, a move that would have required him to miss three games.

Thomas led the NFL in both receptions (single-season-record 149 catches) and receiving yards (1,725) in 2019.

Thomas, a two-time All-Pro selection and the league’s 2019 offensive player of the year, has racked up 1,000 or more receiving yards in all four prior seasons since being drafted in the second round in 2016 out of Ohio State.

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