The New Orleans Saints announced Sunday that WR Michael Thomas has been ruled out for Monday’s game against the Chargers, but the decision was not related to injury and was instead disciplinary.
Adam Schefter reports that Thomas had an altercation with a teammate at practice this weekend.
According to Josina Anderson, Thomas was told to leave practice on Friday after an altercation with a teammate in practice. Anderson says the Saints opted to fine Thomas after a meeting with Saints HC Sean Payton for conduct detrimental to the team.
Tom Pelissero adds that Thomas punched teammate Chauncey Gardner-Johnson during a fight in practice.
Thomas is, however, expected to return to the team sometime next week.
Thomas has been out of the lineup since Week 1 with an ankle injury, but was expected to return to game action on Monday.
Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Saints in the second round out of Ohio State in 2016. He was entering the final year of a four-year, $5.118 million rookie contract when he agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension last July.
In 2020, Thomas has appeared in one game for the Saints and caught three passes for 17 yards receiving and no touchdowns.