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NFL Penalizes Ravens For Violating Practice Rules

May 26th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The NFL ordered the Ravens to forfeit three organized team activities and fined the organization and head coach John Harbaugh an undisclosed amount for violating the league’s collective bargaining agreement during the team’s rookie minicamp earlier this month.

An investigation by the league confirmed that the Ravens had rookies and tryout participants in full pads for the start of practice on May 6, which is a clear violation of the CBA. Teams aren’t allowed to have full-padded practice until training camp.

“We made a mistake and we are sorry for that,” the Ravens said in a statement. “We accept the NFL discipline.”

The Ravens will cancel next week’s three OTAs, as part of the penalty from the league. Harbaugh is expected to address the situation following today’s workout, which is going on now.

It marks the second time in Harbaugh’s tenure in which the Ravens were punished for violating the CBA. In 2010, they were ordered to cancel the final week of offseason workouts after multiple players complained to the players association for being kept at the facility too long for practices and hours.

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