In a statement, the New Orleans wide receiver referred to a “new setback” that will require another surgery.
METAIRIE – The wide receiver of the New Orleans Saints, Michael Thomas, announced this Wednesday that will miss the entire season of 2021 after “another small setback we’ll have to deal with” in his recovery from ankle surgery.
Sources told ESPN that the mishap was a new problem that developed recently after Thomas he had been making progress in his recovery. The head coach of the Saints, Sean Payton, added this Wednesday that Thomas she had been “working very hard” before recent tests showed she might have to undergo another procedure.
“It’s not something he can control,” he said. Payton.
Thomas He underwent surgery in June to repair multiple ligaments in his left ankle for an injury suffered first in Week 1 of the 2020 season and dealt with throughout the year. Initially, he was expected to return in October.
“I have always been a man of faith and in the past couple of months, I have really been put to the test,” he wrote. Thomas.
Thomas continued: “From [la cirugía de tobillo en junio], the team and I have worked diligently, day and night, to rehabilitate and get back on the field. Unfortunately, there has been another small mishap that we will have to deal with. To my chagrin, I won’t be able to get back in time for this season, but I will do everything in my power to get back to being the player I’ve always been.
“I know God doesn’t make mistakes so I’ll keep on his way, and I can’t wait to be back on the field, in front of the best fans on the planet.”
– Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 3, 2021
Thomas, 28 years old, was the Offensive Player of the Year in the NFL in 2019, when he set a league record with 149 receptions. But, he was limited to nine games last year, including the playoffs, and now he has zero games for this season.
He will be missed by a team of the Saints at 5-2 he lost the starting quarterback Jameis winston for a torn ACL on Sunday, and he has been deprived of receivers tested throughout the season.
The Saints are located N ° 31 in the NFL with 180.9 yards per pass per game.
Kimberly Martin from ESPN reported Tuesday that there were discussions between Saints and Cleveland browns regarding a possible agreement by Odell Beckham Jr. before the trade deadline came, but the parties were unable to close a deal, given how much Beckham is owed for the remainder of the year.
Payton said Wednesday that Saints They did their “homework” on various positions before the trade deadline, but noted that “There was never anything like, ‘We got to the end of the day and we didn’t agree on the price.’
The coach also endorsed his support for the team’s current group of wide receivers, with recent returns from Tre’Quan Smith and Deonte Harris of injuries.
“Look, these guys are tough, competitive, and I like them,” he offered. Payton, who listed some of the attributes of Smith, Harris, Marquez Callaway, Kenny Stills, Kevin White and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. “I’m not interested in your PFF qualifications [Pro Football Focus] or none of those things, I like this group.
“Obviously, you are better if you have Mike thomas in that group, but not for now. And we don’t have Jameis in the quarterback position. And that’s how the league can be sometimes. “
The timing of the surgery Thomas in June, in the first instance, it caused some tension between him and the club. Payton he made it clear at the start of training camp that he was disappointed that the intervention had not been done sooner. Then, after multiple reports in August suggesting it was the fault of Thomas Due to the delay, the recipient wrote on his social networks: “They tried to damage your reputation, you saved theirs by not giving your side of the story.”
At the time, Thomas Liked multiple posts that suggested that Saints They pressured him to play injured without surgery last season, and blamed him for not being healthy.
However, that tension seemed to ease after a phone call between Payton and Thomas, and the receiver has been with the team throughout most of his recovery. He was on the sidelines for last Sunday’s 36-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Caesars Superdome.
Thomas He referenced his original recovery from the 2020 injury in his statement Wednesday.
“As many of you know, at the beginning of last season I injured my ankle and worked extremely hard in the following months to be able to get back on time and finish the season,” he explained Thomas. “Unfortunately, the rehab did not go according to plan and early this offseason it was apparent that he would need surgery to repair the injury.”