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Michael Thomas, a wide receiver with the New Orleans Saints, will miss the start of the season.

Michael Thomas in action against the Bears last season (AP) According to reports, the ankle injury that hampered New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas last season may keep him from making his debut in 2021.
Thomas “may be on the sideline for weeks” to begin the season, according to NFL Network, as he recovers from offseason surgery.
According to the report, the suggested rehab period following his June procedure to repair ligaments in his left ankle is four months.
Thomas was hurt in the 2020 opening and ended up receiving just 40 passes for 438 yards and zero touchdowns in seven games after breaking an NFL single-season record with 149 receptions for a league-leading 1,725 yards in 2019.
In 2019, Michael Thomas’ finest play from every game!
That’s why he’s known as @Cantguardmike.
He appeared in two postseason games, but failed not catch a pass on his four targets in a 30-20 divisional playoff defeat to the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. pic.twitter.com/vrCdXB4Aw3 — NFL (@NFL) May 22, 2020
It was his first game without a catch in his five-year career.
Thomas, a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, has 510 receptions for 5,950 yards and 32 touchdowns in 70 games since being picked in the second round by the Saints in 2016.
In 2019, Thomas, 28, agreed to a five-year, $96.3 million contract extension, with a basic salary of $12.6 million and a cap hit of $18.8 million in 2021.
As the Saints transition from the Drew Brees era, his absence would be a major blow to the offense.
The quarterbacks on the roster heading into training camp next week are Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, and rookie Ian Book.