Saints put star WR Michael Thomas on PUP list to start camp; here's what that means

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New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list as the team nears the start of training camp.

The move, not altogether surprising, was first reported by ESPN's Field Yates and means Thomas won't be on the field when the team begins practice this week.

Thomas' absence is due to ankle surgery he underwent in June to address an injury that hampered him throughout the majority of his 2020 season, suffered while blocking late in a Week 1 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints reportedly signed veteran wide receiver Chris Hogan Monday as well, adding depth to a suddenly thin position that's also seeking to make up for the absence of Emmanuel Sanders, who became a cap casualty and signed with the Buffalo Bills in free agency.