Ravens’ sent Thomas home after heated dispute

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was sent home Friday after a fiery on-field argument with a teammate.

The incident was sparked by a missed assignment by Thomas, he confirmed in an Instagram post. He wrote: “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.”

Thomas and the teammate, identified by a source as safety Chuck Clark, yelled at each other on the sideline and had to be restrained by teammates and coaches, the source said. Thomas put up his fists at one point, according to the source.

It’s unusual to see a heated argument like this between two players in the same position group.

Thomas was not present at Saturday’s practice. Clark was practicing Saturday.

When asked about disciplinary action for Thomas, a source said the situation is “fluid.”

“That’s an organization decision that [head coach] John [Harbaugh] will address,” Ravens assistant head coach David Culley said after Saturday’s practice.

Harbaugh wasn’t scheduled to talk Saturday, and he wasn’t made available to reporters.

This is the second time Thomas has had a confrontation with a teammate in two seasons in Baltimore. Last year, Thomas had a heated exchange with nose tackle Brandon Williams after a game against Cleveland.

Thomas, a seven-time Pro Bowl safety, signed a four-year, $55 million deal with Baltimore in March 2019. His nine-year run in Seattle ended with him extending a middle finger to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll while being carted off the field with a leg injury.

Original article: https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29716521/ravens-sent-earl-thomas-home-friday-fiery-field-argument-chuck-clark-source-says

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