Michael Thomas is recovering from an ankle injury that cost him the 2021 season.

Saints coach Dennis Allen said Thursday that Thomas is "doubtful" to attend minicamp.

"I'm happy with Mike Thomas. I'd rather he was 100% well and out here, but that's not the case. I think he's making considerable progress in getting ready. I think mentally he's in a good position, and we'll simply get him healed. We have a while before a game. I'm not looking for a big jump, just daily improvement."

Thomas' ankle injury limited him to seven games in 2020. After ankle surgery and a setback, he missed 2021.

Allen told Rich Eisen on May 6 that Thomas may return in 2022.

Allen said Thomas' Week 1 prognosis is "our hope" (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk).

"We like Mike's rehab work. Our injured players still have a few obstacles to clear."

Thomas averaged 117.5 catches, 1,378 yards, and 8 touchdowns per season in his first four seasons.

Allen hoped so. "That's probably our goal. I couldn't answer, but we hope so."

Thomas' NFL-record 149 catches and 1,725 yards earned him AP Offensive Player of the Year. He's an important part of the Saints' offence and should be ready for Week 1 on Sept. 11.

The Saints reloaded at wideout this year, drafting Chris Olave and signing Jarvis Landry to join Marquez Callaway, Tre'Quan Smith, and Juwan Johnson.

When healthy, Thomas will be the Saints' WR1 as they seek to comeback from a 9-8 season.