Sports | August 23, 2020 12:09 pm

Baltimore Ravens Will Move on From Earl Thomas After He Punched Teammate During Practice

Thomas punched fellow safety Chuck Clark in a heated exchange during practice

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Earl Thomas of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns on December 22, 2019 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Earl Thomas’s time with the Baltimore Ravens will soon come to an end thanks to an altercation with a teammate while at practice. Thomas got into an argument with fellow safety Chuck Clark on Friday over a blown coverage by the former Seahawks star, and the argument escalated until Thomas threw a punch at his teammate.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that will do it for Thomas in the Charm City, who will either be traded or released by the Ravens in the near future:

The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec added that, while the punch was the final straw, Thomas was on thin ice with the team prior to the incident, thanks to missed team meetings and other altercations:

Thomas was sent home from the Ravens practice facility on Friday following the incident, and he owned up to losing his head in a now-deleted Instagram post that, according to ESPN, said that he said the situation was his fault:

Being sent home sucks. I can’t take the reps I need to keep momentum going. But I can reflect on things and keep working my plan to help the team win. A mental error on my part. A busted coverage that I tried to explain calmly [met] with built-up aggression turned into me getting into with a teammate.

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Schefter is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys are a leading candidate to land the Pro Bowl safety, but also added that, if Baltimore can’t trade him, they will release him. That would be costly for the team; if they cut him, Thomas will count for $15 million against this season’s salary cap and $10 million in dead money for the 2021 campaign.

Thomas joined the Ravens in March of 2019 after a highly successful stint with Seattle, in which he led to famed “Legion of Boom” secondary and won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. He had a down season in 2019 for his new team, and it looks like that will be his only crack at it with the Ravens.

UPDATE, 12:40 p.m.: The Ravens have terminated Thomas’s contract:

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