METAIRIE, La.– The New Orleans Saints will be without both of their top receivers Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.Michael Thomas has actually been dismissed with a hamstring injury that crept up today. in addition to his pre-existing ankle injury. And Emmanuel Sanders will miss the video game after evaluating positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, coach Sean Payton told reporters Friday.Sanders practiced Wednesday and Thursday. But Payton stated he began experiencing symptoms of the virus on Thursday afternoon, so the Saints sent him to their medical professionals for an extra test, which showed up positive. He will now be put on the reserve/COVID -19 list.Payton, who spoke after Fridays practice, said the team also checked about 20 other individuals who might have been near Sanders, and all of them checked unfavorable. Payton said reserve cornerback Ken Crawley will be added to the reserve/COVID -19 list as a safety measure due to the fact that of their close contact.1 RelatedPayton said Sanders “got this at house” and “knows exactly how he got it,” though he didnt offer any particular details beyond that.Sanders is now the 2nd Saints player to check positive this season after reserve running back Dwayne Washington invested time on the reserve/COVID -19 list in training camp and early in the season. The Saints also had a false-positive test on the Saturday night prior to their Week 4 win at Detroit, which led to a need for backup tests at their team hotel late into the night before their video game.”Its part of the offer this year. Weve spoken about the interruptions and focusing on the things you can manage,” Payton said. “Thats simply 2020 today.”Payton declined to provide any specifics on Thomas status prior to the team released its upgraded injury report listing him as out, besides to say that the hamstring injury is “something hes resolving.” Thomas was missing from the early portion of Fridays practice that was open to the media, after he did not practice Thursday and was restricted on Wednesday.Sanders, an 11-year veteran who signed with the Saints in free firm, had actually started to establish a connection with quarterback Drew Brees in recent weeks after a sluggish start to the season. Sanders captured a career-high 12 passes for 122 lawns in Week 5. The Saints had a bye in Week 6. This will now be the 5th consecutive game that Thomas has missed out on after he suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 1 and was benched for group disciplinary factors in Week 5 after a practice run-in that included him punching colleague C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Thomas appeared likely to return from the ankle injury before that incident in Week 5. And he was certainly anticipated back after the Week 6 bye. The hamstring injury was a brand-new disorder that showed up for the very first time on Wednesdays injury report.New Orleans likewise placed backup receiver Bennie Fowler on hurt reserve with a shoulder injury Friday, which implies he will not be part of the solution.The Saints will likely rely heavily on running back Alvin Kamara, tight end Jared Cook and receiver TreQuan Smith in their death game. Other alternatives could consist of receivers Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, Austin Carr and Juwan Johnson; running back Latavius Murray; quarterback/runner/receiver Taysom Hill and tight ends Josh Hill and Adam Trautman.
METAIRIE, La.– The New Orleans Saints will be without both of their leading receivers Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.Michael Thomas has been ruled out with a hamstring injury that sneaked up this week. The Saints likewise had a false-positive test on the Saturday night prior to their Week 4 win at Detroit, which led to a need for backup tests at their team hotel late into the night before their video game. Thomas appeared likely to return from the ankle injury prior to that occurrence in Week 5.