New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had an injury-plagued 2020 season. He played in just seven games with five starts, and the team was hoping he’d bounce back and play a full, productive season. That won’t be the case, as Thomas underwent ankle surgery in June and will miss the start of the regular season.
Many, including Saints head coach Sean Payton, wondered why Thomas didn’t opt for surgery earlier in the offseason. Payton expressed frustration Wednesday night over that fact, but declined to elaborate why he waited to have the procedure.
“Well, look, it appears we’re gonna have to spend some time without him. It’s disappointing,” Payton said during his opening training camp videoconference before the Saints’ first practice Thursday, via ESPN. “And we’ll work through it with the other players that are here. But the surgery took place, and obviously we would’ve