News Sports: Michael Thomas returned as a full participant to practice for the first time in nearly two years earlier this month. Now, the Saints star is back on the sidelines with another injury. Two days after sitting out New Orleans’ Week 2 pre-season game against the Packers, Thomas was absent from training Sunday with a hamstring problem, the club said.
Thomas and Allen are both openly optimistic about the recipient returning to health in 2022, and Thomas has opened training camp on the active roster, increasing the number of teams in attendance in recent weeks. But he sat out Friday’s pre-season game for obvious reasons and was not with the team for the pre-season opener against the Texans. Thomas also missed all the fieldwork during group activities organized by the Saints to start the season.
Allen was asked if the 29-year-old All-Pro veteran was exempt from a veteran’s day off before revealing the injury: “Uh, no,” he said. “Michael Thomas has a bit of a hamstring problem.” He did not specify the severity of the problem or give a timetable for Thomas’s return to the pitch. Although the injury was minor, it was a remarkable development for a player struggling to stay fit. Once one of the most efficient catchers in the game, Thomas has played just seven games in the past two seasons, last appearing in December 2020 and he is still recovering from an ankle injury. Right leg surgery out of season.
Should he get the regular-season opener, Thomas should be back as the team’s top scorer. The Saints have added reinforcements to the position this season, namely veteran Jarvis Landry and first pick Chris Olave.