Micheal Thomas one of the elite receivers in the NFL who had a record year in 2019, was expected to continue his climb in 2020 for the Saints.
In a game against division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain after a team fell onto his ankle and tripping him in the play and causing excessive external rotation of the ankle.
A high ankle sprain occurs less often than lateral ankle sprains but can account for between 16% and 24.6% of all ankle injuries encountered in football.
A high ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments above the ankle joint connecting the fibula and tibia:
– AITFL (weakest)
– Interossesous ligament
– PITFL and ITTFL
High ankle sprains in football players result in significantly greater time loss to play than lateral ankle sprains and they most commonly occur in game play not practice.
Professional football players with high ankle sprains lost significantly more time (2.5 vs 1.25 weeks), practices (11.7 vs 3.5 practice sessions), and games (1.4 vs 0.3 games) than those with lateral ankle sprains.
Without any instability or seperation, conservative management results in return to play typically between 2 and 6 weeks after injury.
Can the Saints continue to dominate the NFC without their leading WR?