Saints place Michael Thomas (toe surgery) on injured reserve

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will undergo toe surgery and be placed on injured reserve, per head coach Dennis Allen.

What It Means:

Allen said he doesn't know the timetable for Thomas to return, but he expects him to miss the rest of the season. After being limited to seven games in 2020 and missing all of last year, Thomas only managed to make it through Week 3 this season. He caught 16 passes for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 targets. Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara will continue to be the Saints' top targets over the second half of the season and Jarvis Landry (ankle) stands to benefit as well. The Saints are playing on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9.

MT had a 68.0% offensive snap rate in his three appearances this season and averaged 7.3 targets per game (19.6% share). Olave and Kamara are both averaging 8.5 targets in games without Thomas, which makes up more than half of the Saints' passing volume. The Ravens have the No. 12 pass defense in numberFire's adjusted team metrics.