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Saints re­ceiver Michael Thomas was fined $30,000 by the NFL for us­ing a phone as a prop for a touch­down cel­e­bra­tion in last week’s vic­tory over the Rams.

Thomas em­u­lated for­mer Saints wide­out Joe Horn with his cel­e­bra­tion, hid­ing the phone in the bot­tom of the goal post and pulling it out after scor­ing. He was fined for that and hav­ing a mo­bile de­vice in the bench area.

Also fined was Carolina de­fen­sive tackle Ver­non But­ler, whose hit on Buc­ca­neers quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick cost him a hefty $40,110.

Three play­ers were docked $26,739: Ravens safety Eric Wed­dle for a hit on a de­fense­less re­ceiver; Charg­ers rookie safety Der­win James for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness; and Tex­ans safety Tyrann Mathieu (hel­met-to-hel­met hit).

A face­mask penalty cost Dol­phins DE An­dre Branch $20,054. Charg­ers DE Dar­ius Philon was fined the same amount for a hit on Sea­hawks QB Rus­sell Wil­son.

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