Saints’ Wideout Michael Thomas Set to Undergo Multiple Ankle Surgeries

New Orleans Saints' wide receiver Michael Thomas in 2018. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New Orleans Saints’ star wideout Michael Thomas is set to have multiple ankle surgeries during the offseason to address a nagging ankle injury.

Schefter reports that Thomas is expected to be ready for action in time for Saints’ summer organized team activities.

Thomas injured his ankle in Week 1 and went on to miss seven games while recovering. He also dealt with a hamstring injury during his time off the field.

The 27-year-old Pro Bowler returned in Week 9 but reportedly wasn’t 100 percent even then. He often missed practices to preserve himself for game days and was taking pain medications.

It looked like Michael Thomas was doing better in the playoffs, delivering five catches for 73 yards and a TD in the wild-card win over Chicago Bears. However, he struggled in the divisional round against Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following week, failing to have a single catch on four targets.

Thomas missed a total of nine games during the regular season, managing to have 40 catches for 438 yards and zero touchdowns. In 2019, he set the NFL record with 149 receptions while having career-high 1,725 receiving yards.