New Orleans Saints prepared to forge ahead if Michael Thomas cannot play (1 Viewer)

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'Everybody takes pride in knowing what to do in case somebody goes down'

John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

On Thursday, the only concrete declaration that could be made regarding New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas was that Thomas, the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 and a two-time All-Pro, did not practice due to an ankle injury.

But if the Saints, 1-0 entering their Monday night football road game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nev., are forced to face the Raiders (1-0) without the NFL record holder for single-season receptions (149 last season), they have the mentality to do so.

It wouldn't be the first time New Orleans has missed a critical component, or two, and managed to navigate around the absence.

Last season, running back Alvin Kamara missed two games, and the Saints beat Chicago and Arizona. And, also last season, quarterback Drew Brees missed five games and the Saints beat Seattle, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Chicago in his absence.

"Every week, guys are ready to play," Kamara explained. "Unfortunately with Mike, we don't know the status, but it's a next man up mentality. Guys in practice and working hard, everybody takes pride in knowing what to do in case somebody goes down. Drew went down last year. I went down. It is what it is, you've got to keep moving." ...

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