Since January 2021, Michael Thomas hasn’t participated in an NFL game, but rumors from training camp indicate the wide receiver has finished a significant stage in the drawn-out process of returning to the field.
Thomas participated in team exercises at the Saints’ practice on Saturday, according to NFL Network Insider, who also noted that Thomas is “full-go” for training camp. It is a promising move in the ongoing story of Thomas’ protracted ankle surgery recuperation, which has kept him out of the game for more than a year.
The wide receiver first had an ankle injury in Week 1 of the 2020 campaign, and although trying to play through the discomfort, he failed, managing only 40 receptions and 438 receiving yards in his seven games. In June of the subsequent offseason, Thomas made the decision to have surgery on the ankle to treat the problem, with the initial projection for his return being around four months. However, Thomas didn’t play at all in 2021 and wasn’t fully healthy when he started the summer fitness regimen this year. Although his rehabilitation is taking a while, he appears to be prepared to come back.