Thomas needed to repair the ligaments in his ankle, which is why he needed the procedure in the first place. This injury stems from a collision with Latavius Murray that occurred in Week 1 of last season.
Since the All-Pro wide receiver didn’t undergo surgery until June, he’s expected to miss at least the first month of the 2021 season.
To make matters worse, it was reported that Thomas never underwent a second evaluation on his ankle. That must not have sat well with Saints head coach Sean Payton, who was asked about his star wideout on Wednesday.
Payton was brutally honest during this Wednesday’s press conference, telling reporters that Thomas’ surgery should have happened sooner than it did. He didn’t seem eager to elaborate on why he was upset with how this situation played out though, as he said “I’m going to leave it at that.”
Payton says that the Michael Thomas surgery should have happened sooner than it did.
"I'm going to leave it at that."
— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) July 28, 2021
Thomas has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start training camp. Fans will have to wait until at least October to see him in action.
When healthy, Thomas is one the best players in the NFL. In 2019, he had 149 receptions for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.
Judging by Payton’s recent comments, Thomas will have to get back on his good side when he returns to the gridiron later this year.