There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the New Orleans Saints over the last couple of weeks for two reasons:
- The return of wide receiver Michael Thomas (who looks like his old self).
- The barrage of injuries the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have suffered during training camp.
Unfortunately for the Saints, reason No. 1 got a reality check on Sunday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Thomas, who hasn’t played since the 2020 NFL playoffs, is dealing with a hamstring issue and missed practice on Sunday.
Saints’ WR Michael Thomas is dealing with “a little bit of a hamstring” issue, according to HC Dennis Allen, and sat out practice today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2022
It’s likely that New Orleans is just being cautious with Thomas (as they should be), but this is a reminder that counting on a player who hasn’t played in well over a year is a risky strategy.
Thomas has to prove he can stay healthy in 2022. And having a hamstring issue pop up less than a month before the season starts isn’t ideal. Those hamstring issues tend to linger, so the Saints will have to be extremely careful with the former Pro-Bowler as he works his way back to game action.
I’m still bullish on New Orleans this year — their defense has the potential to be elite. But the offense is going to have to play to its potential for the Saints to have a chance this season. Thomas is a big part of that which is why this hamstring news is concerning.
We’ll see how this plays out in the coming days/weeks. For now, I don’t think New Orleans should freak out, but the situation is certainly worth keeping an eye on.
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