(670 The Score) Bears receiver Javon Wims was suspended for two games without pay by the NFL on Monday after throwing multiple punches at Saints defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson in Chicago's 26-23 overtime loss to New Orleans on Sunday. Wims has the right to appeal the suspension within three business days.
Wims approached Gardner-Johnson after a play with 9:11 remaining in the third quarter, throwing multiple punches at his facemask. The incident led to a skirmish between the two teams as teammates worked to separate Wims and Gardner-Johnson.
Wims, who was ejected for the incident, offered his apologies to Bears coach Matt Nagy on Monday morning.
"You never want that to happen ever from nobody on your team," Nagy said. "It's an emotional game and people get into it. But just knowing who Javon Wims as a person, a high-character guy, that's the part that I thought was surprising."
Bears receiver Darnell Mooney, who was one of the players attempting to remove Wims from the skirmish, also expressed surprise about the incident.
"I know he's a good guy," Mooney said. "Whatever happened in the game, it's an emotional game. I love him.
"Nobody knows what happened at that time besides those two. Hopefully we can move forward."
Gardner-Johnson chirped back at Mims on Instagram following the game, saying that the receiver "punched like a female."
A seventh-round pick of the Bears in 2018, Wims has 27 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns in his career. That includes five receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown this season.
Second-year receiver Riley Ridley, a teammate to Wims at Georgia, will likely fill a bigger role with Wims now suspended.