Training camp practices typically involve players on different sides of the line of scrimmage, pushing, jostling, punching and fidgeting for days or even weeks. When teammates on the same side of the ball fight in August, something else can happen.
Friday, for the Ravens, a pair of players who play at the same position got into it.
Via Jonas Shaffer you Baltimore Sun, Securities Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark had a “heated confrontation”. As Shaffer explains, an argument on the sidelines of practice late in the morning turned into something more than that, with Clark being held back by his teammates and Thomas clenching his fists. The situation erupted again later in practice, with cornerback Marlon Humphrey holding back Clark, and Clark shortly thereafter leaving the training ground.
Clark was scheduled to speak to reporters on Friday, but his video conference was canceled. ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley reports that Thomas was sent home after the altercation.
“We’re going to find out the details,” coach John Harbaugh said of the crash. “It went on longer than necessary for me. You’re going to have these things in training camp. I think you’re going to have spirits, of course. It happens at every training camp, especially now, probably. But I don’t like them when they stretch out like that and eat away at our reps, and we’re going to have to find out why and make sure that doesn’t happen. We have to keep an eye on the price, which prepares the Browns.
Jason LaCanfora and Ken Weinman of the Fan’s 105.7 in Baltimore later said “there is growing frustration” among the team’s defensive backs with Thomas. There are some, they said, Thomas being “punctual and focused” and “not independent”. Also, some veterans believe third-year pro DeShon Elliott should get more reps in practice.
Regardless of the opinions of other players, Thomas is not going anywhere. His 2019 contract includes a fully guaranteed salary of $ 10 million in 2020, as well as a $ 15 million signing bonus that has yet to hit the cap. However, it looks like the pushback can start from within, and it’ll be interesting to see where that goes – especially if the instincts of fellow Ravens players are proven by things that happen when real games start in 22. days.