Michael Thomas

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #13
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #13
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Restructures contract again

Thomas, who is on injured reserve due to a dislocated toe, restructured his contract with the Saints on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The big change is the addition of a nearly $32 million roster bonus guaranteed on the third day of the new league year. The untenable number comes in replace of nearly $14 million in 2023 base salary, essentially allowing the Saints to realize cap savings sooner when they eventually cut the former All-Pro wideout this offseason. While the Saints would still be on the hook for some of the roster bonus even with a post-June 1 designation, it's still an important restructuring for the franchise who is once again steeped in salary cap woes. For Thomas, the contract change could allow the oft-injured target to hit the open market sooner than the start of free agency, and thus draw more interest from teams. The 29-year-old has played just 10 games since the end of the 2019 season.

Jan 7, 2023 8:37 AM EST


Needs surgery, out for season

Saints head coach Dennis Allen said Thursday that Thomas needs season-ending surgery to address a dislocated second toe on his right foot and will go on injured reserve, Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Allen noted that he doesn't have a precise timeline for Thomas' recovery from surgery, but the wideout isn't on pace to make it back this season after he unsuccessfully tried to rehab the toe injury, which he sustained Week 3. Thomas will have now played in just 10 games over the past three seasons, creating significant questions about his long-term outlook as he heads into his age-30 season in 2023.

Nov 3, 2022 12:50 PM EST



Ruled out

Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Thomas still hasn't returned to practice and now will miss a fifth straight game, but he does at least get an extra day to rest before the Saints face the Ravens on Monday Night Football (Nov. 7) in Week 9. With Jarvis Landry (ankle) also out for Sunday's game against Las Vegas, it'll likely be Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith getting most of the WR snaps alongside rookie standout Chris Olave.

Oct 28, 2022 11:55 AM EST


Still not practicing

Thomas (foot) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Thomas hasn't practiced in any capacity since injuring his foot in a Sept. 25 loss to the Panthers and looks at risk of missing his fifth consecutive contest this Sunday versus the Raiders. Fellow wideout Jarvis Landry (ankle) was also a spectator for practice Thursday and doesn't appear to be trending toward suiting up this weekend, so the New Orleans receiving corps looks as though it could once again be shorthanded.

Oct 27, 2022 12:29 PM EST


Doesn't practice Wednesday

Thomas (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Thomas made a brief appearance during the team stretch prior to the session, but he again isn't healthy enough to mix into drills. Fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry (ankle) also is tending to an injury, leaving rookie Chris Olave, Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith as the available wide receivers for quarterback Andy Dalton. Thomas' status should continue to be monitored, though, to get a sense of when he may be able to rejoin the Saints' receiving corps.

Oct 26, 2022 12:48 PM EST



Officially ruled out

Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Arizona, Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Thomas still hasn't returned to practice and will miss a fourth straight game. Jarvis Landry (ankle) also is out again, while Chris Olave will return to the lineup after missing Week 6 in concussion protocol. The next chance to play for Thomas and Landry will be a Week 8 home game against the Raiders on Oct. 30.

Oct 19, 2022 11:50 AM EST


Misses another practice

Thomas (foot) isn't taking part in Tuesday's practice, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Thomas hasn't practiced in any fashion since Week 3, and with the Saints facing a quick turnaround for Week 7 with a Thursday night game in Arizona, the veteran wideout looks to be trending toward a fifth consecutive absence. Meanwhile, Jarvis Landry (ankle) hasn't practiced this week and may also be on track to sit out his third game in a row, while Keith Kirkwood (ankle) has yet to take the field since picking up an injury in last weekend's loss to the Bengals. The Saints' wideout corps looks as though it'll be depleted once again Week 7, even Chris Olave off the injury report after sitting out against Cincinnati while he was in the concussion protocol.

Oct 18, 2022 12:29 PM EST


Listed as DNP on Monday

Thomas (foot) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: This doesn't come as a surprise after Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reported earlier Monday that the Saints don't expect Thomas to be ready for Thursday's contest against the Cardinals. Jarvis Landry (ankle) was also labeled as a DNP, while Chris Olave (concussion) wasn't listed at all. As of Monday, it appears like the rookie first-round pick will assume the No. 1 wideout role in Week 7, but Tuesday and Wednesday's report should provide further clarity on the situation.

Oct 17, 2022 2:16 PM EST


Not expected back Thursday

Jeff Duncan of The Athletic relayed Monday that the Saints don't expect Thomas (foot) to be ready to play Thursday night against the Cardinals.

Analysis: The report adds the same applies to Jarvis Landry (ankle), while noting that there's optimism Chris Olave (concussion) will be back for the contest. Thomas, who has missed the Saints' last three games, did not practice last week prior to being ruled out for Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bengals. If he and Landry do end up remaining sidelined Thursday, added Week 7 opportunities would continue to be available for Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith.

Oct 17, 2022 12:04 PM EST


NO mulled putting WR on IR

New Orleans considered putting Thomas, who's missed three straight games due to a foot injury, on injured reserve, but they opted not to in the event he was ahead of schedule, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reprots.

Analysis: Per Terrell, Thomas' initial prognosis suggested a four-week return timeline, but the Saints didn't want to put the star wideout on IR in case he was ready to return earlier than expected. The Saints are on a quick turnaround and play the Cardinals on Sunday, which would mark the fourth game since Thomas' initial injury, but it remains unclear when he'll suit up again.

Oct 17, 2022 11:09 AM EST


Could land on IR

Thomas, who's missed three straight games due to a foot injury, could be placed on injured reserve, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After not playing at all during the 2021 campaign due to an ankle injury, Thomas returned to action in the season opener and caught 16 passes for 171 yards and three scores across his first three appearances. However, the veteran wideout has remained sidelined since due to a foot injury. It doesn't appear like Thomas is close to returning, so it seems the Saints are mulling the idea of placing him on IR to open up a roster spot, which would certainly be beneficial given their litany of injuries.

Oct 17, 2022 9:53 AM EST


Out for a third straight game

Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Cincinnati, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Thomas will miss a third straight game, and perhaps a fourth with the Saints on a short schedule ahead of their Thursday matchup with Arizona in Week 7. With Chris Olave (concussion), Jarvis Landry (knee) and Deonte Harty (foot) also in danger of missing Sunday's game, the Saints may be down to Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith as the only healthy wide receivers out of the six they carry on the active roster.

Oct 14, 2022 12:07 PM EST


Remains sidelined at practice

Thomas (foot) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Thomas continues to focus on rehab of the foot injury that forced him to sit out Weeks 4 and 5. While he has one more chance to make his presence felt in practice this week, the Saints could make a ruling on his availability for Sunday's game versus the Bengals after Friday's session. Jarvis Landry (ankle) also didn't practice Thursday, but rookie Chris Olave (concussion) returned in a limited capacity, so one of the team's top three wide receivers seems to be making a bid to play this weekend.

Oct 13, 2022 1:37 PM EST


Not practicing again

Thomas (foot) wasn't on the field for the open portion of Thursday's practice and is expected to be listed as a non-participant, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Though Adam Schefter of ESPN reported over the weekend that Thomas was likely to return from a two-game hiatus to play Sunday against the Bengals, the wideout's continued absences from practice would seem to suggest otherwise. The Saints will wait until after Friday's session before providing an update on Thomas' status for the matchup with Cincinnati, but the 29-year-old will likely need to put in a full workout just to avoid taking a questionable designation into the weekend.

Oct 13, 2022 12:43 PM EST


Still not practicing

Thomas (foot) didn't take part in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: There's no telling when Thomas will make his first appearance at practice since hurting his foot Week 3. And he's not the only banged-up wide receiver for the Saints, with Chris Olave (concussion), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Deonte Harty (foot) joining Thomas as non-participants to kick off Week 6 prep. The next two days of practice will forecast who among the quartet may be available to the team Sunday versus the Bengals.

Oct 12, 2022 1:57 PM EST


Not seen at practice Wednesday

Thomas (foot) wasn't spotted at the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Thomas hasn't mixed into drills since injuring his foot Week 3 at Carolina, but he still has a pair of chances to get back on the field this week before the Saints potentially make a ruling on his status for Sunday's contest against the Bengals. Fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry (ankle) also wasn't seen on the field, while rookie first-rounder Chris Olave (concussion) made an appearance, so the team's receiving corps remains compromised at the moment.

Oct 12, 2022 12:20 PM EST


Eyeing Week 6 return

Thomas (foot), who is inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, is considered likely to return to action Week 6 against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Thomas will be missing his second consecutive game this weekend on account of the foot issue, but the Saints appear confident that his absence won't extend beyond that. Since Thomas didn't practice in any fashion this week before being ruled out two days in advance of Sunday's contest, he'll likely need to turn in at least one or two limited practices Week 6 to gain clearance to play against the Bengals. Before missing time with the foot injury, Thomas produced a 16-171-3 receiving line on 22 targets over the Saints' first three games.

Oct 9, 2022 9:27 AM EST


Ruled out

Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks., Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: The Saints are getting healthier, but slowly, with Thomas and Jameis Winston (back/ankle) both now missing back-to-back games. The team is optimistic about RB Alvin Kamara (ribs) and WR Jarvis Landry (ankle) suiting up, which would give Andy Dalton a solid group of targets (including rookie standout Chris Olave) to get after one of the worst defenses in the league. Thomas' next chance to play will be Oct. 16 (Week 6) against the Bengals, followed by a Thursday visit to Arizona in Week 7.

Oct 7, 2022 12:02 PM EST


DNP on Thursday

Thomas (foot) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: With back-to-back absences on his ledger this week, Thomas seems to be trending toward another DNP on Sunday versus the Seahawks. He does have one more chance to practice this week, but if he sits out again Friday, the Saints may rule him out for Week 5 action. Elsewhere in the receiving corps, Jarvis Landry logged another limited session Thursday, putting him in a better spot to join Chris Olave and Marquez Callaway as the team's primary wide receivers this weekend.

Oct 6, 2022 1:31 PM EST


No practice Wednesday

Thomas (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Thomas sustained a foot injury Week 3 and didn't practice at all last week before he was ruled out for this past Sunday's game versus the Vikings in London. With no visible on-field activity to speak of this week, either, he doesn't appear to be in a good spot, health-wise, ahead of a Week 5 matchup with the Seahawks. Jarvis Landry (undisclosed) left Wednesday's session early, too, so the Saints' healthy wide receivers at the moment are rookie Chris Olave, Marquez Callaway, Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harty.

Oct 5, 2022 12:42 PM EST


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