Sports | October 12, 2020 11:36 am

New Orleans Star Michael Thomas Benched by Saints for “MNF” After Punching Teammate

The team ruled out the All-Pro wide receiver for disciplinary reasons

New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas in 2019.
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New Orleans star wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has been sidelined for the past three weeks because of an ankle injury, will miss tonight’s Monday Night Football game against the LA Chargers — but not because he is hurt.

The Saints have ruled out the All-Pro wide receiver for disciplinary reasons because he punched teammate Chauncey Gardner-Johnson during a fight in practice Saturday, according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection had practiced on a limited basis every day for two straight weeks and was expected to suit up for MNF against the Chargers.

Thomas suffered the ankle injury that has kept him out of action in New Orleans’s season opener, in which he caught just three passes for 17 yards. The Saints are 2-2 without Thomas, who set the NFL single-season record with 149 receptions last season.

Despite the benching, the 27-year-old receiver is still a key player for the Saints and will be in New Orleans for the long haul after signing a five-year, $96 million contract extension during the offseason.

The Saints go on their bye week following tonight’s game and will return in Week 7 for a game against the Carolina Panthers. Barring something unforeseen, expect Thomas to take the field for that matchup.