New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas' long-awaited return is reportedly imminent.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Thomas is expected to be active for Sunday's season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
Schefter added that Falcons rookie receiver Drake London, who was questionable with a knee injury, is also expected to play.
Thomas hasn't played in an NFL game since January 2021, when the Saints fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Round.
He missed most of that season with an ankle injury, and then he sat out all of 2021 because of complications from left ankle surgery.
Thomas expressed cautious optimism about his chances to play when he spoke to reporters earlier this week.