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Michael Thomas misses Saints practice with an ankle injury; Armstead returns

There was some good news and some concerning news to come out of the New Orleans Saints practice participation report Wednesday (Dec. 5).

An ankle injury prevented wide receiver Michael Thomas from participating in practice, though he was spotted in uniform off to the side during the portion of the practice open to the media.

But, on the positive side, left tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice (albeit in a limited capacity) for the first time since he left the field in the second quarter of the Saints game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a pectoral injury.

Thomas set a franchise record for single-game receptions (16) against the Buccaneers in Week 1. He has played at least 88 percent of the Saints’ offensive snaps in nine of New Orleans’ 12 games this year, with the exceptions being blowout wins against Washington, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder), who had his arm in a sling in the post-game locker room in Dallas, and David Onyemata (hip), who tallied a career-high three sacks against the Cowboys, were also limited Wednesday. Fullback Zach Line was a full participant after being evaluated for a concussion last week.

Five Buccaneers missed practice Wednesday, including wide receiver DeSean Jackson (thumb) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee).

Jackson’s thumb injury caused him to miss last week’s game against Carolina. His best game of the season came in Week 1 against the Saints, when he set season highs in receiving yards (146) and receiving touchdowns (2).

Pierre-Paul has not missed a game for Tampa Bay this season, and leads the team with 11.5 sacks.

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