Ravens fined by NFL, lose 2 OTA days for rules violation
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have been fined by the NFL and forced to forfeit two days of practice this week for violating offseason workout rules.
The NFL cited the team for pass coverage contact during earlier Offseason Team Activity sessions, according to coach John Harbaugh, who was also fined by the league.
For violating the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the Ravens must cancel their scheduled OTA workouts on Thursday and Friday.
Harbaugh insisted the Ravens have “heavily emphasized these CBA pass coverage rules in meetings, and coached them diligently.”
He insisted Wednesday that coaches have “done everything within our power and ability to practice within the rules and pulled players from practice who failed to adhere to the rules.”
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says breaking old practice habits by players competing for jobs, especially rookies, “takes more repetitions.”
Newsome says the Ravens will “continue to be vigilant about this.”
The amount of the fine levied against the Ravens and Harbaugh was not disclosed by the NFL.
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