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Saints WR Michael Thomas suffers setback, won’t play this season

The New Orleans Saints are coming off arguably their biggest win of the season after topping the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

They’re already dealing with losing starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. According to ESPN, the team was dealt another tough blow as the team announced on Wednesday that star wide receiver Michael Thomas would also miss the rest of the campaign due to suffering a setback.


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Sources told ESPN that the setback was a new issue that recently developed after Thomas had been progressing in his recovery. Saints coach Sean Payton added Wednesday that Thomas had been “working his tail off” before recent scans showed that he might have to have another procedure done.

The Saints initially hoped that Thomas would make his return at some point during this season. He underwent surgery in June to repair multiple ligaments in his left ankle. The issue dates back to an injury he suffered in Week 1 action last season.

New Orleans eyed October as his return date. However that is entirely out the window as the team will move forward without its best passing game weapon. The Saints will continue to lean on its rushing attack with Alvin Kamara.

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Meanwhile, Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, Kenny Stills, and Kevin White will continue to split the workload. The Saints also have yet to decide on their starting quarterback situation. It’s an issue that needs resolving heading into Week 9 action against the Atlanta Falcons. Trevor Siemian holds the early edge over Taysom Hill and rookie Ian Book.

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