Michael Thomas has taken his first steps in direction of probably enjoying within the Saints‘ wild-card playoff sport in opposition to the Bears. Thomas, who missed the Saints’ final three video games so as to heal his injured ankle, took half in Wednesday’s apply. As a result of he’s nonetheless on injured reserve, the Saints wouldn’t have to situation a standing because it pertains to Thomas’ apply participation.
The Saints’ plan was for Thomas to apply on a restricted foundation on Wednesday earlier than probably rising his workload because the week progresses, based on NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport. Saints coach Sean Payton was requested about Thomas’ standing previous to apply.
“No updates injury-wise,” Payton mentioned, through ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “I am gonna see what this week holds. At the moment he is nonetheless on reserve/injured. I do know he is been working at it. However we’ll get a greater really feel this week how he is progressing.”
Whereas accidents restricted him to simply seven video games, Thomas was efficient whereas on the sphere in the course of the common season. Throughout his final 4 video games, Thomas caught 30 of his 37 targets for 343 yards. He caught every of his eight targets for 84 yards throughout his most up-to-date sport, the Saints’ 24-21 loss to the Eagles in Week 14.
One other Saints Professional Bowler that’s hoping to play on Sunday is operating again Alvin Kamara, who was positioned on the staff’s reserve/COVID-19 listing previous to the Saints’ Week 17 win over the Panthers. Sunday could be the primary day when Kamara could be eligible to come back off of the COVID-19 listing.
Fellow operating again Latavius Murray was taken off the COVID-19 listing on Wednesday. With Kamara out with an damage, Murray rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns throughout New Orleans’ win over Chicago in Week 7 of the 2019 season.
Quarterback Taysom Hill and security Marcus Williams had been among the many Saints’ gamers included in Wednesday’s damage report. Hill was restricted with a concussion, whereas Williams was restricted with an ankle damage.