WR: Michael Thomas

ESPN's Field Yates reports Michael Thomas (ankle) is eligible to return from the PUP list this week.

Thomas has missed the Saints' first five games following surgery on the ankle that kept him sidelined for much of the 2020 season. His return can't come soon enough for a New Orleans offense devoid of pass-catching talent outside Alvin Kamara. Without Thomas, the Saints have operated one of the run heaviest offenses in the NFL, registering a 55 percent rush rate through five games. Thomas' return would likely mean a more balanced offense, and Thomas would instantly become a target hog in games where Sean Payton can't grind it out on the ground. Thomas will instantly become a WR2 upon his return. New Orleans plays Seattle in Week 7.

SOURCE: Field Yates on Twitter Oct 18, 2021, 9:40 AM ET