Saints WR Thomas (ankle) listed as questionable

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METAIRIE, La. — Michael Thomas‘ chances of playing this week are looking up after the New Orleans Saints receiver was officially listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Thomas, who has been sidelined by an ankle injury since Week 1, has practiced on a limited basis every day for two straight weeks. However, he was ruled out on Friday last week. So the “questionable” designation is an upgrade.

Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t offer any clues on Thomas’ injury status after Friday’s practice, though, when he was asked if the decision would come down to pain tolerance vs. risk of reinjury.

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“We’ll always do what’s best for the athlete and be smart regarding any player,” Payton said.

It’s unclear if New Orleans’ upcoming Week 6 bye could factor into any of the team’s decisions with Thomas or other injured players. But either way, the Saints’ injury report looks a lot more promising this week than it did last week — when they ruled six starters out on Friday before their win at Detroit.

This time only three players were ruled out for Monday night’s game: starting cornerback Janoris

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