Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to miss the start of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery to repair the ligaments in his ankle in June. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
According to Rapoport, based on the timing of the surgery, Thomas could be on the sideline for “weeks.” The recommended recovery for his ankle surgery is four months. Thomas reportedly had a good offseason and was part of the Saints' June minicamp, and the recent surgery news comes as a surprise for fantasy managers. The 28-year-old was limited to seven games last season due to his ankle issue. The Saints reportedly have been “nosing around free-agent receivers,” per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. “Expect New Orleans to work a few in the next coming days.” Thomas’ absence from the Saints passing attack means more target shares for RB Alvin Kamara and defacto WR1 Tre’Quan Smith. Thomas won’t see the field until at least October and becomes an injury stash for the second half of the season.