The NFL will not be suspending Saints starting defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley for his kick to the back of offensive lineman Alex Boone's helmet in the final minutes of San Francisco's 31-21 victory over New Orleans on Sunday, a person familiar with the situation said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced any punishment and a fine is still possible later in the week.
The decision not to suspend Bunkley means he can play when the Saints visit Atlanta on Thursday night.
Bunkley was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected with 1:05 left for kicking Boone after the Saints had blocked a field goal.
It was not clear what provoked New Orleans' veteran defensive lineman. He did not speak about it after Sunday's game and was not available to speak with reporters on Monday.
''That's out of character for Brodrick Bunkley. It really is. One of the best people in this building,'' Saints defensive coordinat...