The New Orleans Saints are preparing to face the Minnesota Vikings to kick off the NFL’s slate of games in London. Unfortunately for the Saints, they will not have Michael Thomas as they look to get a win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Week 4.
Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that Thomas will miss Sunday’s contest against the Vikings, the team announced. The 29-year-old wide receiver missed practice this week with a foot issue. Quarterback Jameis Winston is doubtful to play, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
HC Dennis Allen said WR Michael Thomas will be out for Sunday.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 30, 2022
Michael Thomas, after missing all of last season, has shown that he is still a highly effective receiver. Through three games this season, he has three receiving touchdowns, which lead the team, and is second in targets (22), catches (16) and receiving yards (171). The Saints will still have stud rookie Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry (though he is also dealing with an injury) to go against the Vikings but Thomas’ absence is still unfortunate.
Andy Dalton is expected to get the start under center for the Saints. He will have the tough task of keeping up with Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson on offense as he faces a tough Vikings defense. New Orleans’ offense has struggled over the last two weeks and could continue to struggle as two key players are sidelined for a game that is played in unfamiliar territory.