Thomas was disciplined earlier in week

Updated: December 13, 2009, 12:23 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots outside linebacker Adalius Thomas, who was disciplined for being late for a team meeting earlier this week and spoke out about it, was benched for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

He was listed on the team's inactive list before the game but was not listed on the team's injury report at all this week, meaning he is a healthy scratch. The benching was first reported Saturday night by the NFL Network, a report that was confirmed by a league source. ...

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