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Report: Earl Thomas expected to be absent at Sunday’s practice


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According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Ravens’ practice on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium is expected to happen without Earl Thomas. 

Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to talk with media after practice, approximately at 4:30 p.m.

Thomas was absent at Saturday’s practice after he was sent home by the team Friday, due to a skirmish he had with Chuck Clark. The two had to be separated by players and coaches.

Reports surfaced that the Ravens could possibly move on from Thomas, after he was held out of practice.

“According to the reporting that Tom Pelissero and I did today, that is possible, that is on the table right now,” Garafolo said. “Everything is on the table, could even be a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He was sent home on Friday, was not in the building at all on Saturday, and the expectation as I sit here right now, after talking to sources involved, is that he will not be in the building on Sunday.”

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Thomas said a mental error by him was the cause for the heated exchange. Clark got on Thomas about the coverage error, which began the exchange. According to a report from Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Thomas threw a punch at Clark. 

Clark was a revelation last season at safety and quickly became of the most likeable players on the team as he started alongside Thomas.

Both players were held back by coaches and players, as Clark left the field with a few minutes remaining. Clark, however, was at practice on Saturday.

 

According to a report for Jason La Canfora, who hosts a show on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, the team’s leadership council has made it clear that that the preferred outcome is not to have Thomas around any longer. 

Any move with Thomas, however, would carry significant ramifications financially. If they cut him outright, they’d take on a $15 million hit in dead money on the salary cap. Should the Ravens suspend him for conduct detrimental, Pro Football Talk reported the Ravens could avoid paying him his guaranteed money. Though, as pointed out, Thomas would clearly fight a suspension to earn his currently owed money.

Now, the Ravens will have significant questions to answer about Thomas, questions that will only grow louder if and when Thomas is absent for the second-straight day.