The New Orleans Saints defeated Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, but suffered a major loss in the process.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, superstar wide receiver Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain that could cost him a few games:
Thomas, 27, is the reigning AP Offensive Player of the Year. A season ago, Thomas set a new NFL record with 149 receptions in a single season, and also led the league in receiving yards, at 1,725. He's been an All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, and considering he's racked up over 5,500 yards in his first four NFL seasons, it's fair to say that he's on a Hall of Fame track.
Having signed Emmanuel Sanders to a two-year/$24 million deal this past offseason, the Saints are perhaps in a better position to withstand this injury than they would have been a season ago. Still, Sean Payton and Drew Brees will have their work cut out trying to make up even half of Thomas' production in his absence.
The Saints' next two games are in primetime, both against teams that won in Week 1. They will travel to Las Vegas for Sunday Night Football this weekend to play against the Raiders on Monday Night Football. In Week 3, they'll return to New Orleans to host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.