New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton expressed frustration over the fact that New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas did not have ankle surgery until June, though he declined to elaborate on why the procedure was delayed.
Thomas is expected to miss time at the start of this season.
“Well, look, it appears we’re gonna have to spend some time without him. It’s disappointing,” Payton said during his opening training camp videoconference before the Saints’ first practice Thursday. “And we’ll work through it with the other players that are here. But the surgery took place, and obviously we would’ve liked that to happen earlier than later. And quite honestly, it should’ve.”
#Saints HC Sean Payton says the Michael Thomas surgery should have happened earlier than it did. Clearly disappointed by the whole thing.
Thomas is set to miss the start of the season as he recovers.pic.twitter.com/tp2h9HR6Xu
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 28, 2021
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Thomas has not commented on the decision to delay surgery.
“After the season it was decided that he was gonna treat that conservatively. And I think we all had an expectation that [the ankle] would heal and he’d be fine coming into camp this year,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Wednesday. “But we get to the minicamp, and obviously it wasn’t quite right. So we had to make the call and collectively made the call to have the surgery in June.
“Obviously with hindsight we would’ve preferred that surgery to be earlier in February or March. But it wasn’t. You know, it is what it is. And hopefully he’s had a good result so far, and hopefully we’ll get him back sooner rather than later.”
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) July 28, 2021
The Saints are going to find out what life without Drew Brees is really like, and without any real threats at WR, it’s going to be a serious reality check.