The Saints hope Thomas will miss his game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Monday Night Football, as the high-ankle Spanin usually sidelines players for three to four weeks.
However, Thomas is not sure he will miss the time and hopes to return as soon as possible.
Sources said that the Saints have discussed the idea of putting 27-year-old Thomas on injured reserve – which would prevent him for at least three weeks.
Thomas has missed only one game in his career due to injury – in 2016 as a cheater. His absence would leave a very large void in New Orleans’ offense; Thomas set an NFL record for just 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns with 149 catches last season.
However, the Saints beat Tampa Bay 34–23 on Sunday, while Thomas made his quietest statistical output in three years (despite three catches for 17 yards). Thomas limped off the field just before a two-minute warning in the fourth quarter and swung his leg past Latavius Murray. The Fox broadcast showed Thomas standing on the sidelines with no cover or snow.
Despite the win, both Saints coach Sean Peyton and quarterback Drew Breeze described their performance as “terrible”, with the effort to push for a clean offensive output. However this can now become a more difficult task.
If Thomas misses time, the Saint’s signature of Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will become even more important. Sanders caught three passes for 15 yards and began his retirement on Sunday. Alvin Kamara, Tait & Jared Cook, quarterback / Tait & Thames Hill and receivers Tre’Kuan Smith, Donte Harris & Benny Fowler can all play a big role in the running game of New Orleans.