Saints designate WR Michael Thomas to COVID-19 reserve list

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The rough year for Michael Thomas continues. He landed on the New Orleans Saints’ COVID-19 reserve list Tuesday after registering a positive test result, per Tuesday’s update to the daily NFL transactions wire.

There’s a slight silver lining, though. Because Thomas remains on the physically unable to play (PUP) list while recovering from offseason ankle surgery, this doesn’t change much for him. He wasn’t going to be available to play until after the Saints bye week anyway.

NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill reports that he recently joined the team after rehabbing his surgically-repaired ankle in Philadelphia. Expect Thomas to continue his recovery while isolating. His vaccination status is unclear, but if he is vaccinated he can rejoin the team after returning two negative test results in consecutive days. If he is unvaccinated, he must isolate for at least 10 days before submitting two subsequent negative tests and being cleared to return.

Still, it’s disappointing given the Saints are managing a number of breakthrough infections on their staff, which reached 100% vaccination early this summer. A total of six coaches and a team nutrionist are also isolating after testing positive. Here’s hoping everyone returns to full health soon.