Michael Thomas is now suggesting that the New Orleans Saints are attempting to damage his reputation amid reports he ignored the team this offseason when contacted about the recovery of his ankle.
Over the weekend, a troubling report surfaced from NOLA.com.
“For unknown reasons, Thomas fell out of communication with the Saints. He did not return multiple calls over the next three months,” Jeff Duncan wrote, via NOLA.com. “Then-Saints trainer Beau Lowery, wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson and head coach Sean Payton all tried to reach Thomas. None of their calls were taken or returned.”
The controversial WR underwent surgery on his ailing ankle in June, five months after the Saints’ 2020 season ended. Thomas reportedly ignored phone calls throughout the season after seeking a second opinion.
“Well, look, it appears we’re gonna have to spend some time without him. It’s disappointing,” Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters in July. “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.”
Thomas is not expected to be available for the beginning of the regular season and was limited to 40 receptions for 438 yards last season.
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