Star receiver Michael Thomas has probably played his last game of the season. The New Orleans Saints wide receiver has been struggling with a toe injury he picked up in Week 3 when the Saints played against the Carolina Panthers.
According to Saints coach Dennis Allen, the injury has most likely ruled Thomas out for the remainder of the NFL season, as he is now set to undergo surgery to fix the dislocated second toe.
Coach Allen said that “Mike worked his tail off” and did everything he could to “rehab” the toe but that it “didn’t respond the way he wanted it to.” So, the Saints and Thomas decided to go with what they felt was the best option, and that’s surgery so that the player is healthy, probably for next season.
Once Considered the Best Wide Receiver, Thomas Can’t Catch a Break Now
Thomas was struggling with injuries during most of 2020 and 2021. He started 2022 strongly, caught 16 passes for 171 yards and scored three touchdowns. However, from Week 3, injuries became an issue again and they still are, meaning it will be months before he starts playing again.
Michael Thomas was considered one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in the past decade and was arguably the best in his position between 2016 and 2019.
In 2019, the New Orleans Saints star set the record for most receptions in an NFL season with 149 and also tallied the most receiving yards (1,725). Thomas is a three-time Pro Bowler and was the 2019 NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
However, the two-time All-Pro player has been haunted by injuries since then. He started only five and appeared in seven games in 2020, and didn’t make a single appearance in the 2021 season, as he underwent surgery on an ankle he injured against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.