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Michael Thomas dealing with ankle injury, ruled out for Week 2

All world receiver Michael Thomas had a down Week 1, which was compounded by an ankle injury he plans to play through.

Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Saturday update: The Saints have formally ruled out Michael Thomas for Week 2 Monday Night Football against the Raiders.

Friday PM update: The Saints returned to practice and Michael Thomas remains sidelined with his ankle injury, per reporter Nick Underhill. The Saints have one more practice session on Saturday before releasing their final Monday Night Football injury report.

Friday AM update: Thomas was listed as a DNP at practice on Thursday, working with trainers on his injured ankle. He “felt fantastic” in what work he did, according to Adam Schefter, and there is reportedly a “little glimmer of hope” he can play on Monday against the Raiders. Schefter is reporting it’s still unlikely, but it sounds like the Saints are holding out a little bit of hope.

Tuesday update: Michael Thomas is “expected to miss several weeks” due to his high ankle sprain. Emmanuel Sanders becomes Drew Brees’ No. 1 receiver in Thomas’ absence.

New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas suffered an apparent ‘high-ankle’ sprain Sunday against the Buccaneers. Thomas believes he can play through the injury, but if this truly is a high-ankle sprain, it will be tough for his play not to be affected.

Thomas had a down game, especially for him, as he caught three passes for 17 yards on Sunday. We don’t know exactly when the injury happened, but it looks like it happened when the game was already in hand:

If Thomas is limited, Tre’Quan Smith, Emmanuel Sanders, Alvin Kamara, and Jared Cook would likely see an immediate boost in work. It would also be a blow to Drew Brees’ fantasy upside.