Michael Thomas won’t play vs. Chargers after punching Saints teammate, per report

Saints receiver Michael Thomas seemed to be on pace to make his return Monday night against the Chargers, but he was officially ruled out on Sunday.

However, Thomas isn’t missing the game because of his nagging ankle injury: Instead, he was ruled out, with the Saints specifically stating “the change in game status is not injury related.” New Orleans added that it was instead “team discipline.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter initially reported Thomas was punished after getting into an altercation with a teammate. Fellow ESPN reporter Josina Anderson said the altercation took place on Friday and the receiver was fined for his role in the incident.

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero added some additional details, saying Thomas punched one of his teammates. That teammate being safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

Saints beat writer Nick Underhill also confirmed the altercation, adding the fight took place at the end of practice.

Thomas has been sidelined for the past three weeks due to an ankle injury he suffered in the Saints’ season opener. He has just three receptions for 17 yards on the season, a year after breaking the NFL single-season record with 149 receptions.

The Saints have a bye in Week 6, so this gives Thomas an extra week to heal up. He should be projected to return in Week 7, when the Saints face the Panthers.

Source: Read Full Article