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    • Lined Saints for eight years at Contemporary Orleans Times-Picayune
    • Previously covered LSU football, San Francisco 49ers
    • Iowa native and University of Iowa graduate

METAIRIE, La. — Michael Thomas‘ enviornment is “week to week” after the Contemporary Orleans Saints‘ wide receiver suffered a excessive ankle ruin in the final minutes of Sunday’s take care of over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sources told ESPN.

The Saints inquire of Thomas to miss their recreation in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football, sources talked about, on tale of excessive ankle sprains generally sideline gamers for 3 to four weeks.

Nonetheless, Thomas is now not joyful he’ll shuffle away out time and hopes to advance again again as soon as conceivable.

The Saints dangle talked about the idea of inserting Thomas, 27, on injured reserve — which would sideline him for in spite of every thing three weeks — nonetheless Thomas has antagonistic the idea on tale of he hopes to advance sooner, sources talked about.

Thomas has missed most productive one recreation due to the ruin in his career — as a rookie in 2016. His absence would leave a giant void in Contemporary Orleans’ offense; Thomas absolute best enviornment the NFL fable with 149 catches remaining season for 1,725 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Nonetheless, the Saints did absolute best beat Tampa Bay 34-23 on Sunday irrespective of Thomas having his quietest statistical output in three years (three catches for 17 yards). Thomas limped off the realm absolute best before the 2-minute warning in the fourth quarter after having his leg rolled into by running again Latavius Murray. The Fox broadcast showed Thomas standing on the sideline rapidly afterward and not using a wraps or ice.

Despite the victory, both Saints coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees described their performances as “awful,” vowing to dangle cleaner offensive outputs going forward. That also can change into a more daunting activity now, then again.

If Thomas misses time, the Saints’ offseason signing of worn wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will change into even more very crucial. Sanders caught three passes for 15 yards and a touchdown in his Saints debut Sunday. Running again Alvin Kamara, tight discontinuance Jared Cook dinner, quarterback/tight discontinuance Taysom Hill and receivers Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris and Bennie Fowler could well all play bigger roles in Contemporary Orleans’ passing recreation as neatly.

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