The New Orleans Saints have endured some tumultuous months in 2021. Franchise quarterback Drew Brees retired earlier in the year and then the team was displaced by Hurricane Ida ahead of the first week of the season. Star wide receiver Michael Thomas has had a passive-aggressive feud with Saints management this year as well. Thomas had ankle surgery in June and the timing peeved head coach Sean Payton. Fantasy football owners and sports bettors also have a vested interest in Thomas’ status for this football season. Below we will answer the question as to when will Michael Thomas be back and return from injury to the Saints.
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When will Michael Thomas be back, return to the Saints?
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted on the morning of Nov. 3 that Thomas is “out for the season after suffering an ankle injury.”
Saints backers and fantasy football owners are wondering when will Michael Thomas be back and return to the playing field for New Orleans. The Saints placed Thomas on the physically unable to perform list in late August and he is now eligible to return to the playing field.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Oct. 18 that Thomas was still “a couple weeks away [from returning and playing].”
Based on Rapoport’s reporting, the Saints’ game against Atlanta in early November looks like a possible return date. New Orleans plays at the Titans and at the Eagles in the following weeks.
- Sunday, Nov. 7 vs. Falcons
- Sunday, Nov. 14 at Titans
- Sunday, Nov. 21 at Eagles
Click on “See All Lines” below to view more Thomas betting markets.
The Saints are currently to win Super Bowl 56. New Orleans had the 10th lowest odds to win the title at DraftKings Sportsbook back on Sept. 4, just prior to the start of the season.
In a crowded NFC, New Orleans is to earn the No. 1 seed in the conference. They have a regular season win total projection of . Below are more Saints odds for the 2021 NFL season. Click on “See All Lines” to view more betting markets.
Michael Thomas props
Most sportsbooks have individual Michael Thomas over/under props off the board due to the fact that he’s missed more than the first month of the season. When the books post those totals markets we will add here. It’s highly unlikely that Thomas would challenge for any awards and statistical titles due to the sizable chunk of time he’ll be on the sidelines this season.