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New Orleans Saints may have to go on Sunday in London without Winston, Thomas

Chris Graham
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New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston and top wideout Michael Thomas both missed practice on Thursday, and the status of both for Sunday’s game in London against the Minnesota Vikings is in question.

Winston has reportedly been playing with a transverse fracture in his back that he dealt with in Week 3 by wearing several layers of padding and a custom back plate.

The former #1 overall draft pick was 25-of-41 for 353 yards, a TD and two INTs in the Saints’ 22-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers last week.

Thomas is listed on the injury report as having a foot injury.

Thomas has 16 catches on 22 targets for 171 yards and three TDs in 2022.

Thomas had an NFL-record 149 catches on 185 targets for 1,725 yards and nine TDs in 2019.

He missed nine games in 2020 and then all of the 2021 season with an ankle injury.

If Winston is unavailable on Sunday, New Orleans would likely turn to former Cincinnati, Dallas and Chicago QB1 Andy Dalton, who signed as a free agent in the offseason.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].