WR Thomas among 6 Saints starters ruled out

4:39 PM ET

METAIRIE, La. — Receiver Michael Thomas won’t return from his ankle injury this week. He was one of six New Orleans Saints starters ruled out for Sunday’s game at Detroit.

The Saints will also be without both of their starting cornerbacks, Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) and Janoris Jenkins (shoulder), tight end Jared Cook (groin), guard Andrus Peat (ankle) and defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow/toe).

Thomas, who has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain since Week 1, returned to practice this week and practiced on a limited basis every day. But the Saints apparently don’t want to rush him back into game action. It’s unclear whether he will be ready to play in Week 5, when the Saints host the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. They have a bye in Week 6.

New Orleans’ offense will certainly miss Thomas and Cook — the latter left Sunday night’s game with a groin injury and did not practice all week. The Saints already have struggled to find a consistent downfield passing game while losing back-to-back games for the first time since an 0-2 start in 2017.

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