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Michael Thomas returning for Saints vs. the Buccaneers

The New Orleans Saints have another option at their disposal on offense ahead of their Week 9 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After being sidelined for some time due to a hamstring injury he sustained in practice, wide receiver Michael Thomas is set to return against the Bucs on Sunday, per Dianna Russini of ESPN.

Prior to sustaining his hamstring injury, Thomas was sidelined for one game after getting into an altercation with teammate C.J. Gardner-Johnson back in October. The 27-year-old wideout hasn’t played since Week 1 against the Buccaneers after suffering a high ankle sprain that also kept him limited. He finished that contest completing three of his five targets for 17 yards.

The Saints are obviously grateful to have Thomas back in their arsenal. He’s coming off a first-team All-Pro year in the 2019 season. He finished that season completing 80.5 percent of his targets for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. He also averaged an astounding 107.8 yards per reception during his performances.

New Orleans has had to depend on the likes of dual-threat running back Alvin Kamara, who’s been playing exceptionally well downfield this season. Having Thomas back will give quarterback Drew Brees another option in the passing game, allowing Kamara to achieve more in the backfield as well. Kamara is doubtful to play with a bone bruise in his foot, which could possibly see him questionable ahead of Sunday. The Saints will, however, be gifted their other top option in the downfield game with Emmanuel Sanders set to return as well.

The Saints are 5-2 heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Bucs.