Baltimore said the decision was made because of "personal conduct that has adversely affected" the team.
After the Ravens announced Thomas' exit, the safety posted a message on his Instagram account thanking the team for his time in Baltimore, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network:
The veteran attempted to explain his side of the story on Instagram, noting the confrontation was a result of busted coverage during practice:
Head coach John Harbaugh was upset about the extent of the fight, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
"It just lasted longer than it needed to for me. You're going to have these things in training camp. I think you're going to have tempers flare, sure. It happens every training camp, especially right about now, probably. But I don't like them when they extend like that and eat into our reps, and we're going to have to find out why and make sure that doesn't happen."
The team's leadership council made its voice heard by telling the organization "they would prefer Thomas not be around," per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. La Canfora added teammates "strongly support" Clark in this scenario.
Friday reportedly was not the first time Thomas had been disciplined by the team. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Thomas had been fined "several times" since training camp began earlier this month.
Though Thomas was signed through 2022 with $10 million fully guaranteed salary for 2020, his guarantee could be voided for conduct detrimental to the team, per Florio.
Baltimore also has depth at the position with second-year player DeShon Elliott, while free agent Tony Jefferson could also be an option after spending last season with the team.
Thomas is still an elite player when on the field. He earned his seventh Pro Bowl selection last year and has been named first-team All-Pro three times. He was also a key part of the Seattle Seahawks winning the Super Bowl after the 2013 season.
The 31-year-old finished last season with 49 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.