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Rumor: Frustration mounting between Ravens and Earl Thomas III

According to La Canfora, the team is quite displeased by Thomas’ actions

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Yesterday, it was reported there was a fight between Earl Thomas III and Chuck Clark during practice. So much so that several players and eventually head coach John Harbaugh had to separate the two. Once the dispute ended, Clark left the field. Most times, training camp arguments and skirmishes happen and it’s nothing. It’s incredibly hot, humid and they’re some of the most competitive people on the planet. Frustrations hit a boiling point, then cool off. Hell, Ryan Jensen and Za’Darius Smith were a near-annual bout in camp during their respective tenures. But according to reports, this may be something greater.

According to early reports, Earl Thomas is not on today’s practice field and now rumors are stating the teams’ “Leadership Council” would prefer Thomas not be there anymore.

NFL.com media analyst Bucky Brooks believes the Harbaugh should “pull the plug” on Thomas, as shouldn’t sacrifice the team chemistry for any player.

What makes this so interesting, outside of the possible reality that the Ravens may part with a near surefire Hall of Fame safety with a Super Bowl victory and five-time All-Pro, is his contract structure. According to reports, if Thomas is cut due to “conduct detrimental to the team,” the Ravens could void his $10 million guarantee for 2020.

Overall, there is nobody the Ravens have or could find to replace the superstar free safety. He’s one of the best in the league and among the greats at his position. Hopefully, things settle down before a drastic and irreversible move has been made.

Update: Assistant head coach David Culley stated it was an organizational decision was the reason why Thomas did not practice today and the head coach will address it.