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Saints’ Michael Thomas announces that he’ll miss the rest of the NFL season

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 14: Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints looks on from the sidelines during the second half of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints will have to go without their leading receiver, Michael Thomas, for the rest of the year. Thomas announced on his Twitter that he would remain out for the season Wednesday morning. The all-pro wideout had dealt with lingering ankle issues since early on during the 2020 season. He then had a procedure done to repair the problem months ago. Unfortunately, a late setback has delayed his timetable, effectively ending his season. He expanded on the matter in his recent post.

[T]he team and I have worked diligently, day and night to rehab and get me back on the field. Unfortunately, there has been another small setback which we will have to adress. To my displeasure, I will not be able to make it back in time for this season but will do everything in my power to get back to the player I have always been. I know God deosn’t make mistakes so I will continue to follow in his path, and can’t wat to be back on the field in front of the best fans on the planet.

Michael Thomas

This news comes down on the heels of another blow to the Saints offense with a season-ending injury to Jameis Winston. The team will now have to manage without their star receiver and starting quarterback the rest of the way.

The New Orleans Saints this season

New Orleans has had to manage through much turbulence this year. The Saints lost Drew Brees to retirement, then came the loss of Michael Thomas, and now Jameis Winston. On a grander scale, the impact of Hurricane Ida left the team without access to their home facilities for a significant time. Despite all of these losses, Sean Payton and company have helped the team keep pace and exceed expectations. They stand with a 5-2 record on the year coming off their most recent victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The main question for them now is whether they can keep it up for nine more games. Trevor Siemian held down the fort to close out their game on Sunday. Could he do it for a full 60 minutes? Taysom Hill could re-assume a starting role as he did down the stretch last season when he returns. Maybe the team could give a call to Cam Newton or Philip Rivers. Regardless of how the group decides to go about themselves, we ought to have learned by now never to count out this resilient bunch.

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