Many were puzzled this offseason when it was announced that New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas would be having ankle surgery that could sideline him for the start of season. Questions ran rampant regarding why he didn't have the surgery earlier to avoid being sidelined to kick off the 2021-22 campaign.
Well, details have emerged on the events that led to the late-offseason surgery, and they're extremely troubling.
Michael Thomas Injury
According to Saints beat writer Jeff Duncan, New Orleans staff met with Thomas at the end of the 2020 season and advised surgery. The receiver got a second opinion and tried to rehab it without surgery, which the team was on board with as long as he kept them in the loop on his progress. Then things went south.
"For unknown reasons, Thomas fell out of communication with the Saints. He did not return multiple calls over the next three months. Then-Saints trainer Beau Lowery, wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson and head coach Sean Payton all tried to reach Thomas. None of their calls were taken or returned."- Jeff Duncan
The team found out that Thomas' ankle was still "not right" when he returned for workouts, and that's when surgery became the only option.
It's extremely concerning that Thomas is the root of the problem now facing New Orleans. They're without their top wideout potentially for the first couple of weeks to begin the year, and the team's already shaky WR depth is now a glaring issue.
With most free agents off of the market and few trade options available, Thomas' absence occurred at the worst time. And all of it could have been avoided had he kept in communication with the staff.
New Orleans heads into their Week 1 matchup against the Green Bay Packers as 2.5-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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