Michael Thomas Injury Update: When Will WR Be Back And Return To Saints?

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Written By Matt Burke | Last Updated
Michael Thomas When Will Be Back Return Injury Update

The fantasy football playoffs have nearly arrived and owners are looking for WR help anywhere they can get it. One name that owners may be enticed to jump on in the coming days is Saints WR Michael Thomas. Thomas had been a steady presence in the Saints’ offense this season before going down with a knee injury. Below we will look to answer the question as to when will Michael Thomas return and be back not he field for New Orleans. We will deliver a timeline on Thomas’ potential return to action and also look at current Saints odds.

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When will Michael Thomas return and be back with the Saints?

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was pretty much a lock for around 6 catches and 50 yards receiving each game early in the 2023 NFL season. A knee injury that occurred on November 12 against the Vikings, however, has set Thomas back. So when will Michael Thomas return and be back on the field for the Saints? NFL injured reserve rules state that a player must miss at least four games before he is eligible to return. That means the earliest we could see Thomas back in a black and old gold uniform is in Week 16 against the LA Rams. 

Thomas’ injury is not believed to be too severe as he initially stayed in the game against the Vikings and even caught a pass immediately after tweaking his knee. Here is a look at the Saints’ schedule around the time Thomas is projected to return.

  • Week 16 Thursday, December 21: Saints vs. Rams
  • Week 17 Sunday, December 31: Saints vs. Buccaneers
  • Week 18 Sunday, January 7: Falcons vs. Saints

Dennis Allen’s squad could use all the help it can get as it is currently a fringe playoff team. If the Saints are still in contention in the days leading up to Week 16, we could certainly see Thomas suit up against the Rams.

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Saints odds

The Saints were +3500 to win the Super Bowl just prior to the start of the 2023 NFL season. New Orleans was around +14000 to win it all on December 8. Below is a look at live Saints odds.