Saints' Thomas (ankle) practices on limited basis

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METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday after missing the past two games with a high ankle sprain.

It’s unclear if Thomas will be able to play Sunday at the Detroit Lions. But the Saints obviously targeted this week as a realistic possibility because they never placed him on injured reserve (which would have required him to miss at least three games).

The Saints (1-2) could certainly use the offensive boost. In Thomas’ absence, they have lost two straight games for the first time in three years. And they rank last in the NFL with 283 yards by wide receivers this season, with quarterback Drew Brees being scrutinized for not getting the ball downfield enough.

“Obviously, his presence is a difference, because you know at any moment he can make big plays,” Brees said after Wednesday’s practice. “And he’s obviously a featured guy. So it’s good to have him back.”

“He looked good out there, so hopefully he feels ready enough to play,” running back Alvin Kamara said. “I know he’s been itching to play. If it was up to him, he would’ve

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