September 18: While doctors told Thomas that he’d miss several weeks with the high ankle sprain, he reportedly “felt fantastic” during Thursday’s practice and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that there is a “glimmer of hope” that he can play on Monday against the Raiders.
There was talk that Thomas would be put on IR, something that would sideline him for a minimum of three weeks. While it’s still unlikely he plays on Monday night, the news is encouraging for his season-long health.
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September 17: Sean Payton, when asked about Michael Thomas, responded with “I’m not going to discuss injuries,” NFL.com Ian Rapoport relays.
Thomas hasn’t officially been ruled out for Monday Night vs. the Raiders, though it’s unlikely he suits up. After Las Vegas, New Orleans takes on the Packers, Lions, and Chargers before hitting their bye in Week 6. It’s not out of the questions that the Saints play it safe with MT, leaving him sidelined until then.
September 15: Thomas’ high-ankle sprain is more severe than originally believed and the wide receiver is expected to miss several weeks, Pelissero tweets.
The top-tier wideout was noticeably hindered by the injury, only catching three balls (five targets) for 17 yards. However, Pelissero and Ian Rapoport mention that Thomas believes he can play through the injury as the Saints’ next game isn’t until next Monday against the Las Vegas Raiders.
That being said, the Saints and Thomas have to be very cautious with this injury as it can linger throughout the season. New Orleans cannot afford to lose its No. 1 wide receiver this early in the season.
In regards to fantasy football, the former Ohio State wideout only produced 1.7 fantasy points against Tampa Bay’s secondary. According to Fantasy Pros, Thomas was projected to score 13.4 fantasy points, which is more in line for a WR1 of his stature.
Nevertheless, it shall be interesting to see if Thomas will play or sit out next week against Las Vegas.
If he decides to sit, fantasy owners could set an uptick of production from both running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook. Both players led the Saints in receptions (5) and targets (8 – Cook, 7 – Kamara) in Week 1.