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Michael Thomas says his body rejected “hardware” inserted during ankle, toe surgeries

by Moxieplay

Michael Thomas was a star from the minute he stepped onto an NFL field as a rookie in 2016. A 2nd round pick out of Ohio State, Thomas quickly established himself as the alpha wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints.

He rattled off four straight 1,000 yard seasons to begin his career, with the fourth earning him Offensive Player of the Year honors, as he broke the single-season receptions record (149) and gained 1,725 yards.

But the wheels started to come off early into the 2020 season. In Week 1, he suffered a high ankle sprain that nagged him and held him to only seven games played. He underwent surgery for the ankle and a setback forced him to miss the entire 2021 season. In 2022, a toe injury ended his year after Week 3.

Now 30 years old and fully healthy again, Thomas has revealed some details about his injuries to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell.

I don’t want to use this as an excuse. But also, when you get surgeries and they put hardware in, sometimes your body rejects the hardware. With both (ankle and toe injuries). Your body responds and healing responds to it. Whatever, I guess is, the 1%? I guess I’m in that category.

The Saints want a great wide receiver duo

Last year, during Thomas’ absence, rookie Chris Olave took hold of No. 1 wideout duties and gained over 1,000 yards. The rest of the wide receiver depth chart for New Orleans is thin, so the Saints are hoping Thomas can form a one-two punch with Olave.

If Thomas can stay healthy and Alvin Kamara finds his previous high-level form after returning from suspension, the Saints could build a very solid offense with new quarterback Derek Carr at the helm.

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