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Can’t Outlift Mike: Saints WR posts video of heavy deadlift max on Instagram

Thomas missed 14 games last season with a toe injury.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

If deadlifts were an indicator of toe health, Michael Thomas appears to be 100% healthy.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver posted several videos on his Instagram Monday morning deadlifting 530 pounds. Although it’s just some hard nose lifting, it could indicate positive progression in Thomas’ rehabilitation.

On March 28, New Orleans Saints’ head coach Dennis Allen told reporters that Thomas “was not 100%” and that the team was taking their time with his rehabilitation.

According to NOF reporter Mike Triplett, Thomas has a physical scheduled for April 21. Not only will this exam have massive implications for his training camp eligibility, it will also allow him to receive his $5 million signing bonus and guarantee his $1.26 million base salary this upcoming season.

In week three of the 2022 season, Thomas sustained a toe dislocation that would sideline him for the rest of the season. The injury appeared to be a minor setback but resulted in a season-ending injury for the seventh-year receiver.

Thomas has recorded 6,121 yards and 35 touchdowns on 526 receptions with the Saints. He currently holds the NFL record for most receptions in one season (149) which he broke in 2019.

Shortly after Thomas’ Instagram video, the receiver posted screenshots of a supposed NFL representative informing him that he is subject to PES urine test.

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