Michael Thomas has actually taken his first steps towards possibly playing in the Saints’ wild-card playoff game versus the Bears. Thomas, who missed out on the Saints’ last 3 games in order to recover his hurt ankle, participated in Wednesday’s practice. Due to the fact that he is still on hurt reserve, the Saints do not need to provide a status as it connects to Thomas’ practice participation.
The Saints’ plan was for Thomas to practice on a minimal basis on Wednesday prior to potentially increasing his workload as the week progresses, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Saints coach Sean Payton was inquired about Thomas’ status prior to practice.
” No updates injury-wise,” Payton said, by means of ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “I’m gon na see what today holds. Presently he’s still on reserve/injured. I understand he’s been working at it. We’ll get a better feel this week how he’s advancing.”
While injuries limited him to just seven video games, Thomas worked while on the field throughout the regular season. During his last 4 video games, Thomas captured 30 of his 37 targets for 343 backyards. He caught each of his 8 targets for 84 lawns during his latest game, the Saints’ 24-21 loss to the Eagles in Week14
Another Saints Pro Bowler that is wishing to use Sunday is running back Alvin Kamara, who was put on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Saints’ Week 17 win over the Panthers. Sunday would be the very first day when Kamara would be eligible to come off of the COVID-19 list.
Fellow running back Latavius Murray was removed the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. With Kamara out with an injury, Murray rushed for 119 lawns and 2 touchdowns during New Orleans’ win over Chicago in Week 7 of the 2019 season.
Quarterback Taysom Hill and security Marcus Williams were among the Saints’ players included in Wednesday’s injury report. Hill was restricted with a concussion, while Williams was limited with an ankle injury.