Michael Thomas injury history and updates

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints - Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints - Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

For the first four years of his career, Michael Thomas was as durable and productive as any NFL player. However, in 2020, the New Orleans Saints wide receiver suffered a couple of injuries and missed significant time.

Thomas missed just one game in his first 64 as a pro, but he missed nine games last year (one for disciplinary reasons). While he is only 27 years old, Thomas and the Saints need to be sure last year was a one-off season for the wide receiver rather than a harbinger of things to come.

Even missing quite a bit of time in 2020, Michael Thomas is still considered a top ten receiver, and if his health returns to what it was early in his career, he will continue to be the beast he was when he set the NFL record for receptions in a season at 149 in 2019.

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas Injury History

After being very durable through most of his early career with the Saints, injuries have piled up over the past few years. Not only did he miss quite a bit of time due to a variety of injuries in 2020, but an ankle injury late that season cost him all of 2021 too. 2022 hasn't gotten off to a great start either as the star receiver is on the injured list again.

Michael Thomas toe injury, September 2022

Thomas hurt his toe during the loss to the Carolina Panthers in game three of the 2022 season. He is set to miss at least four games.

Michael Thomas ankle injury, December 2020

Thomas injured his right ankle for the second time in four months in early December and missed the rest of the regular season. However, he did return for the playoffs when he caught five passes in a win against the Bears and was shut out in a loss to the Buccaneers.

Thomas ended up having surgery on the ankle and missed all of 2021 as well.

Michael Thomas hamstring injury, October 2020

After missing several games due to an ankle sprain and another for fighting with a teammate, Thomas missed two more games after pulling his left hamstring in practice in October. When he returned to action, he played just six more regular-season games, with mixed results. He had three games with eight or nine receptions but three with five or less.

Michael Thomas ankle injury, September 2020

Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain during the first game of the season, and it cost him four contents. It was the first time he had missed more than one game in his career and the first injury that cost him games since his rookie year.

Michael Thomas ankle injury, December 2016

The only other injury which caused Thomas to miss time came in his rookie season when he hurt his ankle. He took only one game off and returned to finish the season strong, catching 23 balls in the last three games to solidify his star status.

Despite the three injuries, Sports Injury Predictor still ranks him as a five for durability, their highest mark. They also predict he will lose two games or less during the 2021 season, so there is an excellent chance last year as an anomaly.

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