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Adalius Thomas benched

Outside linebacker Adalius Thomas will be benched for Sunday's game against the Panthers, a league source confirms.

Thomas was one of four players sent home Wednesday for being late to an 8 a.m. meeting. Thomas later said he was late because of snowy conditions and was stuck in traffic.

"That’s one thing about Mother Nature, you can’t control that. You can’t run people over getting to work," Thomas said Thursday. "There is nothing to really apologize about. I didn’t try to be late. You leave home, you have people there, cars sitting in the road, you’re sitting there, what do you do? It’s not the Jetsons, I can’t jump up and just fly. What the heck am I supposed to do?”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick dodged questions about Thomas's remarks the next day, saying his focus was solely on the Panthers.

The benching was first reported by Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network.