New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas has not yet participated in the team’s OTAs, but he is expected to be back from his ankle injury in time for training camp, according to head coach Dennis Allen. Next up, our complete NFL Season predictor coverage.
The 29-year-old receiver missed the entire 2021 season with the ankle injury after he delayed his first surgery to repair multiple ligaments until June — then suffered a setback in November that required a follow-up procedure. The NFL’s 2019 Offensive Player of the Year has not been fully healthy since he initially suffered the ankle injury in Week 1 of the 2020 season and missed a total of nine games that season.
“I think he’s doing well in his rehab. He’s not ready yet. But he’s here, he’s rehabbing, he’s getting himself better. And we’re certainly anxious to get him out here,” Allen said. “I know that he’s working his tail off to get himself back. And we feel good about where he’s at right now.”
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When asked whether Thomas will be ready for training camp, Allen said, “That’s certainly our plan.”
“If I had a crystal ball and could tell you all these things, I’d probably be making a lot more money and doing something different,” Allen said. “But, yeah, our hope is that he’s gonna be ready to go for training camp. So that’s what we’re pushing for.” This season placing NFL bets will look a lot different. This is why.
Allen has spoken positively about Thomas’ recovery and attitude throughout this offseason, saying that getting him back along with rookie receiver Chris Olave is like adding two first-round draft choices at the position.
Meanwhile, quarterback Jameis Winston is already back on the practice field just seven months after he tore his ACL.
Allen cautioned that, “We’ve still got a ways to go to get him ready.” But he said, “I think he’s looked good. … We like the progress he’s making, we like where he’s at. And hopefully that will continue.”