METAIRIE, La. Michael Thomas ‘status is “week to week” after the New Orleans Saints’ receiver suffered a high ankle injury in the last minutes of Sunday’s victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sources told ESPN.
The Saints expect Thomas to miss their game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night football, sources said, because high ankle sprains typically sideline players for 3-4 weeks.
However, Thomas is not convinced he will miss out on time and hopes to return as soon as possible.
The Saints have discussed the idea of placing Thomas on the injured reserve – which will equate him for at least three weeks – but Thomas has opposed the idea because he hopes to return sooner, sources said.
Thomas has only missed a game due to injury in his career ̵
However, the Saints just beat Tampa Bay 34-23 on Sunday despite Thomas having his quiet statistical output in three years (three catches in 17 yards). Thomas limped off the pitch just before the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter after getting his leg rolled in by running back Latavius Murray. The FOX broadcast showed Thomas standing on the sidelines shortly after without a cover or ice.
Despite the win, both Saints coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees described their performance as “terrible” and promised to have cleaner offensive output going forward. However, it could become a more daunting task now.
If Thomas misses time, the Saints’ signing of veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders out of season becomes even more important. Sanders got three passes in 15 yards and a touchdown in his Saints debut Sunday. Running back Alvin Kamara, tight end Jared Cook, quarterback / tight end Taysom Hill and receivers Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris and Bennie Fowler could all also play major roles in New Orleans’ passing game.