What Happened with Earl Thomas : Baltimore Ravens Player sent home after altercation with teammate in practice

Snehith Vemuri
|Published 22/08/2020

Earl Thomas was sent home after getting into a heated fight with teammate Chuck Clark during training camp.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Thomas got into an argument with Clark after a blown assignment during Friday’s practice. Consequently, the seven time all-pro safety was sent home and was not seen at training camp on Saturday.

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Does Thomas have a future with the Ravens?

The situation has escalated quickly. Jason La Confora of CBS reported that the leaders on the team want Thomas gone. Apparently, the “leadership council” would prefer to include DeShon Elliot or re-sign Tony Jefferson as a replacement.

As La Confora mentioned, releasing Thomas could be expensive for the Ravens. The former Seahawks safety has a fully guaranteed $10 million contract for 2020.

If he is suspended, the team will avoid paying him the guaranteed money but will still take a total $15 million scary cap hit over hit. However, if the suspension stands, they will get a $10 cap credit in 2021.

The best option for the Ravens might actually be to just trade him. It is clear that his teammates want him gone and the Ravens can dump his contract on another team. A number of teams, including the Cowboys, would be interested in the former Super Bowl winner’s services.

There is, obviously, still a chance that Thomas can sort things out with the team. In fact, he took to instagram on Saturday to explain the incident, saying “it was a mental error on my part”.

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Statement from head coach John Harbaugh

“I don’t know exactly what happened at the end of practice. I just came off the field and came in here, so we’ll find out the details of it. It just lasted longer than it needed to for me. You’re going to have these things in training camp. Tempers are going to flare, sure.”

“It happens every training camp, especially right about now, probably. But I don’t like them when they extend like that and eat into our reps. We’re going to have to find out why and make sure that doesn’t happen. We need to keep our eye on the prize, which is preparing for Browns.”

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