Saints WR Michael Thomas ruled out after reportedly punching teammate in practice
The New Orleans Saints have ruled out recipient Michael Thomas for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
But it's not because of the ongoing ankle injury that has paused him since week 2. The Saints announced on Sunday that he would be seated on disciplinary grounds.
"Changing the game status is not an injury-related team discipline," said the Saints' injury report.
Thomas had previously been classified as questionable with his ankle sprain.
Thomas is said to have beaten teammates
Adam Schefter from ESPN reports that Thomas had an "argument" with a teammate during training over the weekend. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that he beat security Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. The Saints beat reporter Nick Underhill, telling them that the two have had history together and had an argument last season.
Michael Thomas won't play on Monday but it's not because of his ankle injury. (Wesley Hitt / Getty Images)
Thomas hasn't played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since his sprain in Week 1. The Saints hoped Thomas would return to the game on Monday before ruling him out on Sunday.
Thomas comes from a historic season in which he made an NFL record of 149 passes for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns en route to NFL Offensive Player of the Year. The Saints have had a hard time playing downfield games in Thomas's absence this season.
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