Saints Fans ‘Ask Amie:’ Sneak Peek at All Injured Reserve Players, Michael Thomas, Kick | Saints

Welcome to the Times-Picayune Saints Mailbag.

Each week during the season, I select a few questions from my Twitter mentions and emails to try and satisfy your holy curiosities.

If you’d like your question included in the mailbag, find me on Twitter at @Amie_Just, or email [email protected]

Here are some of the questions you asked ahead of the Saints’ game against the New York Giants on Sunday at noon.

How many players are on the reserve lists and when can they return?

It’s really confusing with so many guys on different reserve lists and different timelines as to when they can come back.

Of course, players won’t come back until they’re ready, so just because they’ve hit the minimum doesn’t mean they’re healthy enough to come back.

Eligible players to return this week are: offensive inside lineman Will Clapp, kicker Wil Lutz, tight end Nick Vannett, cornerback Ken Crawley, wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith.

Only Clapp has returned to training outside of this squad, which will give the offensive line some breathing space – especially with Terron Armstead likely out for a while. Clapp has yet to be officially activated, however, it has just been nominated for return.

Lutz, Vannett, Crawley, and Smith can now return as soon as they are healthy.

Coach Sean Payton didn’t give details on Friday, but he offered this about injured reserve players in general: encouraging. “

Players eligible to return next week: linebacker Kwon Alexander, defensive end Marcus Davenport, linebacker Chase Hansen.

If the Saints place Armstead in the casualty reserve, the earliest he would be eligible to return would be Week 7.

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The Saints have two other players on the reserve lists: defensive tackle David Onyemata and wide receiver Michael Thomas.

Onyemata was suspended for six games for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Because the Saints have a spring break, he must miss games against the Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Giants, Washington football and Seahawks before he can return for the Week 8 game against the Buccaneers.

Thomas is on the roster physically unable to play and must remain on the roster until week six of the season, which means he must miss a minimum of five games. Once Thomas can train, there is a 21 day window to re-acclimatize. He will not count on the active list during this period and he is not required to use the entire period.

Has Michael Thomas attended games?

Thomas was not in attendance for the Saints’ Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers because he was on the COVID-19 roster and needed to be quarantined. He was on the sidelines for last week’s game against the New England Patriots because he was dropped from that list.

I will also be watching him this weekend on the sidelines, but I imagine he will be in every game to support the team until he is ready to return.

Do you think they’ll replace Aldrick Rosas after those missed baskets in New England?

Kicker Aldrick Rosas is still with the squad after that and Lutz has yet to be nominated for the comeback. Payton was asked about Rosas’ missed kicks on Friday and whether the team still have faith in him and Payton said Rosas has “a huge talent for the legs”.

Payton said the first failed basket – the 52-yard one – was a “tough kick to start” because the wind was howling at 14 mph.

Is there anything different in the Superdome entry procedures compared to the preseason game?

Other than when things open up, no, the entry protocol is the same as the Saints’ only home preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (It’s like it’s forever, isn’t it?) All clients 12 years and older must show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours.

The checkpoint on the ground floor, gate A entrance is at 9:00 a.m., while the other checkpoints will open at 10:00 a.m.

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