Jul 31, 2021; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) perform defensive drills during a New Orleans Saints training camp session at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore undergoes thumb surgery

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore underwent thumb surgery Tuesday, days after signing a $100 million deal with New Orleans and helping the team knock off the Green Bay Packers.

Lattimore, 25, chipped a bone in his thumb in Sunday’s opener and could potentially play through the injury with a heavy bandage protecting his hand. The Saints plan to list the three-time Pro Bowl selection as week-to-week, per NFL Network.

With a banged-up secondary, reinforcements are available this week with newly acquired cornerback Bradley Roby returning from the final game of his 2020 suspension. Roby, acquired last week from the Houston Texans for multiple draft picks, was not available for the 38-3 win against Green Bay.

The Saints (1-0) could be down multiple starters on defense if Lattimore isn’t available for Sunday’s game at Carolina (1-0). Defensive end Marcus Davenport suffered a severe pectoral strain and could miss 1-2 weeks.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) reacts after making an interception in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints CB Marshon Lattimore agrees to $97.6M deal

New Orleans Saints star cornerback Marshon Lattimore has agreed to a five-year, $97.6 million extension, according to multiple reports on Sunday night.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection’s deal reportedly includes $68.3 million guaranteed.

Lattimore is in the final season of his rookie contract and could have become a free agent after the season.

The Saints opened the season Sunday with a 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers. Lattimore had three tackles and one pass defended, but multiple outlets reported that he injured his right thumb during the victory and will require surgery.

The NFL Network said Lattimore will be week-to-week as he recovers. He missed one drive in the second half Sunday, then returned and played with a cast on his hand.

Lattimore received a four-year, $15.35 million deal after being the No. 11 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, out of Ohio State. The Saints exercised the 2021 fifth-year option of $10.24 million in March 2020.

Lattimore, 25, has 10 career interceptions, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 58 regular-season games. He has two interceptions in seven career postseason games.

Lattimore was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017, when he recorded five interceptions. He returned one for a touchdown.

–Field Level Media

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

Thomas one of six Saints ruled out for Sunday

New Orleans Saints star receiver Michael Thomas will miss his third consecutive game due to his left ankle injury.

Thomas is one of six New Orleans starters who will miss Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Thomas was a limited practice participant each of the past three days but didn’t make enough progress to return against the Lions.

Thomas, 27, led the NFL in both receptions (single-season-record 149 catches) and receiving yards (1,725) in 2019.

New Orleans also will be without tight end Jared Cook (groin) and guard Andrus Peat (ankle) on the offensive side. The defense will be missing cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins (shoulder) and Marshon
Lattimore (hamstring) as well as defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow/toe).

The secondary could be hit hard by not having Jenkins and Lattimore. The defense allowed 71 points over the past two games even with the starting corners.

Justin Hardee, who has seen all his action on special teams so far this season, and Patrick Robinson are in line to be the starting corners against the Lions.

“It’s unfortunate they won’t be able to play this week,” Hardee said of Jenkins and Lattimore. “So, we have to have their back. I went up to those guys and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got your back. Whoever’s out there, we’re definitely going to put on a show.’ And I believe in our group and I believe in our defense.”

Also, linebacker Chase Hansen (hip) is questionable.

–Field Level Media