Thomas, 28, suffered from an ankle injury throughout last season, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously said he needed surgery to repair the torn deltoid and other ligaments ankle injuries.
It’s unclear why Thomas had surgery so late in the offseason, but the goal is full recovery.
Thomas missed nine games in two separate stints in the injured reserve last year after initially injuring his ankle in Week 1. He finished with 40 catches for 438 yards in the regular season and failed. caught his first touchdown pass in the playoffs.
Not having Thomas available would increase the level of difficulty for Saints Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill quarterbacks as they battle to replace retiree Drew Brees. The Saints were already slim on playmakers after parting ways with No.2 wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tight ends Jared Cook and Josh Hill this offseason.
The Saints recently created more than $ 10 million in cap space through contract restructuring and extensions and may consider adding another veteran wide receiver as training camp nears the start of next week. They will also rely heavily on fourth-year wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, second-year wide receiver Marquez Callaway, third-year wide receiver Deonte Harris and second-year tight end Adam Trautman, among others.