Michael Thomas Placed on Saints' Reserve/COVID-19 List

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 14, 2021

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) carries against Chicago Bears cornerback Kindle Vildor (22) in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

That news comes on the same day Adam Schefter of ESPN reported New Orleans had a "handful of offensive coaches" test positive for the coronavirus.

It's not known whether Thomas tested positive for the coronavirus or was deemed to be a close contact.

The Saints placed Thomas on the physically unable to perform listΒ Aug. 31, meaning that he would sit out the first five regular-season games. He is eligible to return from the PUP list for Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 25.

As ESPN's Mike Triplett noted, the PUP placement stems from a left ankle issue that has lingered since Week 1 of the 2020 season. Thomas had surgery on the ankle in June.

The 28-year-old dominated the NFL over his first four seasons, averaging 118 catches, 1,378 yards and eight touchdowns per year from 2016-19.

He led the NFL with 125 receptions in 2018 before setting a single-season league record with 147 catches in 2019.

TheΒ second-round draft pickΒ out of Ohio State has earned three Pro Bowl nods, two All-Pro honors and the 2019 Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year award.

Thomas is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he made seven appearances, hauling in 40 receptions for 438 yards.