Earl Thomas, the Ravens’ seven-time Pro Bowl safety, may have cost himself his job following a heated argument with fellow safety Chuck Clark during Friday’s practice.
Thomas was sent home from practice following the altercation, which was sparked by him missing an assignment, according to ESPN. They two yelled at each other on the sidelines and Thomas even put up his fists at one point, leading coaches and teammates to restrain both.
Thomas was not spotted at Saturday’s practice, ESPN reported. The Ravens players’ “Leadership Council made it clear to decision makers they would prefer Thomas not be around,” according to CBS, though cutting Thomas could be tricky with the 31-year-old in the second year of a four-year, $55 million contract.
CBS also reported that Ravens players “strongly” supported Clark, while NFL Network said Thomas being released is a possibility.
“We’ll find out the details of it,” head coach John Harbaugh told reporters Friday of the incident. “It just lasted longer than it needed to for me. You’re going to have these things in training camp. I think you’re going to have tempers 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, and 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 the Browns.”
This isn’t the first time Thomas, a former star for the Seahawks, has had issues with a teammate in Baltimore. Last season, Thomas had a “heated talk” with nose tackle Brandon Williams following a 40-25 loss to the Browns because he was frustrated Williams was inactive for the game due to injury. Thomas later said the two reconciled.
Thomas’ latest incident is coming off a hectic offseason for the veteran, who was allegedly held at gunpoint by his wife after he was caught having an affair with another woman.