The New Orleans Saints came into the 2022 NFL season hoping for a rejuvenated look at their offense. Jameis Winston was back from injury, as was star wide receiver Michael Thomas. Unfortunately, neither of those guys have been able to stay healthy this season either.
Andy Dalton has taken over as the starting quarterback, even with Winston back to being healthy enough to play. It appears that his time as the starter for the Saints may have come to an end.
Now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Thomas is expected to miss the rest of the season after deciding to undergo surgery on his toe.
Coming into the season, Thomas had made bold claims about wanting to get back to where he was prior to his injury a year ago. Obviously, that will not be the case.
Instead, the Saints are limping towards the stretch run once again. Thankfully, star running back Alvin Kamara has been coming on strong over the last few weeks. New Orleans will need to lean heavily on Kamara moving forward.
With this injury becoming a season-ending issue, the Saints will have to strongly consider their options moving forward. Moving on from Thomas could very well be a move on the table. The Saints did draft Ohio State standout Chris Olave, who has shown signs of big-time potential this season, but there is still work to do.
Hopefully, the Saints will be able to overcome their injury issues. Sitting at 3-5 heading into Week 9, New Orleans isn’t looking like a playoff contender. This injury update is certainly a blow to the hopes of turning things around.