Michael Thomas, C.J. Gardner-Johnson altercation results in Thomas not playing Monday

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The Saints have ruled receiver Michael Thomas out for Monday night’s game against the Chargers not because of his ankle but for another reason.

Per a league source, the reason is this: Thomas got into an altercation with safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

It’s unclear whether Gardner-Johnson will play on Monday night. He’s a starter, so it would definitely hurt the New Orleans defense to not have him.

Monday’s game will be the fourth missed by Thomas since suffering a high-ankle sprain in a Week One win over Tampa Bay. He wasn’t placed on injured reserve; in hindsight, the Saints possibly wish they had.

Last year, Thomas set the single-season record for receptions with 149.