Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) holds on to the ball while being tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24)  during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) to miss rest of season

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is done for the 2021 season after a setback recovering from the ankle injury he initially sustained last season.

Thomas said over social media early Wednesday morning he will need another procedure on the ankle.

“As many of you know, early last season I injured my ankle and worked extremely hard over the next few months to get back in time to finish the season,” Thomas wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately the rehab didn’t go as planned and earlier this offseason it was apparent I would need to have a procedure to repair the injury.

“Since then, the team and I have worked diligently, day and night to rehab and get me back on the field. Unfortunately, there has been another small setback which we will have to address. To my displeasure, I will not be able to make back in time for this season but will do everything in my power to get back to the player I have always been.”

Thomas underwent ankle surgery in June, reportedly infuriating Saints management who thought the procedure should have been done earlier in the offseason.

The friction was extended by Thomas, who in August took to social media to accuse the Saints of trying to damage his reputation.

Thomas injured the ankle in Week 1 of the 2020 season and played in just seven games, finishing with 40 catches for 438 yards and no touchdowns.

Thomas, 28, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He set the league’s single-season record in 2019 with 149 receptions for a league-best 1,725 yards.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96.3 million contract extension in 2019.

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Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Saints WR Michael Thomas to open season on PUP list

New Orleans Saints All-Pro Michael Thomas will open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, ensuring the wide receiver will miss at least the first five games, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The Saints have a bye in Week 6.

Thomas underwent ankle surgery in June, reportedly infuriating Saints management who thought the procedure should have been done earlier in the offseason.

The friction was extended by Thomas, who earlier this month took to social media to accuse the Saints of trying to damage his reputation.

Thomas injured the ankle in Week 1 of the 2020 season and played in just seven games, finishing with 40 catches for 438 yards and no touchdowns.

Thomas, 28, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He set the league’s single-season record in 2019 with 149 receptions for a league-best 1,725 yards.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96.3 million contract extension in 2019. He is due to earn $12.6 million in 2021 between base salary and a restructured bonus.

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Saints' Michael Thomas (13) makes a reception over Eagles' Darius Slay (24) Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 24-21.

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Reports: Michael Thomas joining Saints for preseason game

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will be on the sideline Saturday when his team visits the Baltimore Ravens for a preseason game, multiple media outlets reported.

Thomas will not be playing in the contest after undergoing ankle surgery in June, yet reports earlier in the week underscored discord between the player and team before he showed up for mandatory minicamp.

Earlier this week, Thomas took to social media to accuse the Saints of trying to damage his reputation over his ankle injury.

Thomas’ tweet on Monday came two days after The Times-Picayune reported that Saints’ officials were displeased with Thomas for his decision to elect rehab over surgery until June. Further, Thomas reportedly ignored offseason calls from the Saints checking in on his progress with rehab.

Thomas injured the ankle in Week 1 of the 2020 season and played in just seven games, finishing with 40 catches for 438 yards and no touchdowns.

Thomas, 28, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He set the league’s single-season record in 2019 with 149 receptions for a league-best 1,725 yards.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96.3-million contract extension in 2019. He is due to earn $12.6 million in 2021 between base salary and a restructured bonus.

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Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) holds on to the ball while being tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24)  during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Thomas says Saints trying to damage his rep

All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas took to social media Monday morning to accuse the New Orleans Saints of trying to damage his reputation over his ankle injury.

Thomas’ tweet comes two days after a report in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans said Saints’ officials were displeased with Thomas for his decision to elect rehab over surgery until June. Further, Thomas ignored offseason calls from the Saints, who were checking in on his progress with rehab.

As it stands, Thomas is on the physically unable to perform list and is expected to miss the start of the season. The recommended rehab period after surgery is four months.

“They tried to damage your reputation. You saved theirs by not telling your side of the story,” Thomas tweeted.

Saints head coach Sean Payton last month expressed his displeasure with the timing of Thomas’ surgery.

“It’s disappointing and we’ll work through it with the other players that are here. The surgery took place, and obviously we would’ve liked that to have happened earlier than later — and quite honestly it should have,” Payton said.

Thomas injured the ankle in Week 1 of the 2020 season and played in just seven games, finishing with 40 catches for 438 yards and zero touchdowns.

Thomas, 28, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He set a single-season record in 2019 with 149 receptions for a league-best 1,725 yards.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96.3 million contract extension in 2019. He is due to earn $12.6 million in 2021 between base salary and a restructured bonus.

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Dec 22, 2019; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton slap hands before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton frustrated with timing of Michael Thomas’ surgery

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton expressed his frustration Wednesday that star wideout Michael Thomas did not undergo surgery on his ankle earlier in the offseason.

Thomas reportedly will miss the start of the 2021 season as he recovers from surgery on an ankle injury that has plagued him for some time. He had the surgery in June, and reports said his recommended rehab period is four months.

“It appears we’re going to have to spend some time without (Thomas),” Payton told reporters Wednesday.

“It’s disappointing and we’ll work through it with the other players that are here. The surgery took place, and obviously we would’ve liked that to have happened earlier than later — and quite honestly it should have.”

Asked if there was a lack of communication between the Saints and Thomas’ camps, Payton only replied, “Nope, I’m gonna leave it at that.”

Thomas, 28, is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection. He set a single-season record in 2019 with 149 receptions for a league-best 1,725 yards.

But he was injured in the 2020 season opener and ended up with just 40 catches for 438 yards and zero touchdowns in seven games.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96.3 million contract extension in 2019. He is due to earn $12.6 million in 2021 between base salary and a restructured bonus.

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Sep 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) reacts while walking off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: WR Chris Hogan to work out for Saints

Wide receiver Chris Hogan will work out for the New Orleans Saints on Monday, NFL Network reported.

The Saints are looking to address their receiving corps with three-time Pro Bowl selection Michael Thomas nursing an ankle injury that could sideline him weeks into the season.

Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris are behind Thomas on New Orleans’ wide receiver depth chart.

Hogan, 33, is a two-time Super Bowl champion and currently competes with the Premier Lacrosse League’s Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club. That season concludes on Aug. 15.

Hogan recorded 14 catches for 118 yards in five games last season with the New York Jets. He had 216 receptions for 2,795 yards and 18 touchdowns in 100 career games with the Buffalo Bills (2012-15), New England Patriots (2016-18), Carolina Panthers (2019) and Jets (2020).

Playing in nine postseason games, Hogan added 34 catches for 542 yards and four touchdowns.

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Oct 13, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints WR Michael Thomas to miss start of season

The ankle issue that plagued New Orleans Saints star Michael Thomas last season will reportedly delay the wide receiver’s debut in 2021.

NFL Network said Friday that Thomas “could be on the sideline for weeks” to start the season while continuing his recovery from offseason surgery. The recommended rehab period following his June operation to repair ligaments in his left ankle is four months, per the report.

After setting an NFL single-season record with 149 receptions for a league-leading 1,725 yards in 2019, Thomas got hurt in the 2020 opener and wound up catching just 40 passes for 438 yards and zero touchdowns in seven games.

He played in two postseason games, but did not record a reception on his four targets in a 30-20 divisional playoff loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the first game of his five-year career without a catch.

A three-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection, Thomas has 510 receptions for 5,950 yards and 32 scores in 70 games since the Saints drafted him in the second round in 2016.

Thomas, 28, inked a five-year, $96.3 million contract extension in 2019 and is due to earn a base salary of $12.6 million with a cap hit of $18.8 million in 2021.

His absence would be a serious blow to the offense as the Saints transition from the Drew Brees era. Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill and rookie Ian Book are the quarterbacks on the roster heading into training camp next week.

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Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) holds on to the ball while being tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24)  during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints WR Michael Thomas needs multiple surgeries

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is “likely” to have multiple surgeries, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Thomas needs procedures to repair a torn deltoid (shoulder) and address a season-long ankle problem, according to the report.

Thomas knew it could be Drew Brees’ last season and continued playing, hoping to help the veteran quarterback go out with a Super Bowl win, per the report.

After setting an NFL single-season record with 149 receptions for a league-leading 1,725 yards in 2019, Thomas first got hurt in the 2020 season opener and wound up catching just 40 passes for 438 yards and zero touchdowns in seven games.

Thomas, 27, did not record a reception on his four targets in Sunday’s 30-20 divisional playoff loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the first game of his five-year career without a catch.

A three-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection, Thomas has 510 receptions for 5,950 yards and 32 scores in 70 games since the Saints drafted him in the second round in 2016.

Thomas inked a five-year, $96.3 million contract extension in 2019 and is due to earn a base salary of $12.6 million with a cap hit of $18.8 million in 2021.

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Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas to play vs. Bears

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas are available for Sunday’s NFC wild-card game against the visiting Chicago Bears.

Kamara was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday while Thomas returned after being placed on injured reserve to allow his high ankle sprain to heal.

Returner Deonte Harris (neck) also is expected to be on the field after returning from injured reserve for New Orleans.

The Saints’ inactives included defensive end Trey Hendrickson, cornerback Ken Crawley, offensive lineman Derrick Kelly, wide receivers Austin Carr and Juwan Johnson, defensive lineman Malcolm Roach and running back Ty Montgomery.

The Bears’ inactives included linebackers Roquan Smith and Trevis Gipson, wide receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle), cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson and Buster Skrine, offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons and nose tackle Daniel McCullers.

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Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints activate RB Alvin Kamara, WR Michael Thomas

The New Orleans Saints activated running Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas, the team announced Saturday.

Both stars are expected to play in the Saints’ NFC wild-card game against the visiting Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Kamara, 25, sat out New Orleans’ 33-7 romp over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19 in the previous week. He tied an NFL record with six touchdowns in a 52-33 victory over Minnesota on Christmas Day.

Kamara has recorded career-high totals in rushing yards (932), rushing touchdowns (16) and receptions (83) this season. He also has 756 receiving yards and five receiving scores.

Thomas is returning after being placed on injured reserve to allow his high ankle sprain to heal. The ankle has been problematic since midseason for Thomas, a 2019 All-Pro who had 149 receptions a year ago.

Thomas has 40 receptions in seven games in 2020.

Also on Saturday, the Saints activated wide receiver/returner Deonte Harris (neck) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring) from injured reserve. They also elevated linebacker Chase Hansen and receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the active roster from the practice squad.

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