Drew Brees eager to reunite with well-rested Michael Thomas

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John Sigler
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Injuries kept New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his favorite target far apart in 2020, with star wide receiver Michael Thomas sharing the field with Brees on just 10 of the 66 quarters of football the Saints played in the regular season (including two overtime periods). His late-season entry to the injured reserve list was designed to give Thomas enough time to finish healing his sprained ankle, and it sounds like he’s on his way back.

Brees said as much after Week 17’s win over the Carolina Panthers: “I know we get Mike Thomas back, I think the last three weeks being down have been great for him. And we’ll just take it one step at a time here.”

That would put some confirmation on Sean Payton’s recent words about the Saints returning Pro Bowl, All-Pro quality players from injured reserve. Thomas, the reigning Offensive Player of the Year, has been recovering alongside All-Pro return man Deonte Harris (sidelined by a neck injury). Getting both of them back would be a jolt in the arm of a Saints offense that’s scored 29, 52, and 33 points in three games since Brees made his own return from I.R.

And they’ll need the firepower against the Chicago Bears in the Wild-Card Round. Chicago yielded just 26 points to the Saints in their Week 8 overtime loss to New Orleans, though Brees was working without his top receivers that day. Alvin Kamara led the team with 13 targets last time, but he may not be available if he doesn’t test negative for COVID-19 for several days leading into the upcoming game.

So while things are trending up, and Brees certainly expects to have his best receiver back in the fold soon, nothing is set in stone just yet. Here’s hoping everyone gets cleared to play and the Saints can hit the Bears with their best shot.