Ravens for­feit week of prac­tices for CBA vi­o­la­tion

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN


— The Bal­ti­more Ravens were stripped of one week of or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties for vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted at rookie mini­camp, the NFL an­nounced May 26.

The Ravens vi­o­lated the league’s col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment by prac­tic­ing in pads for a part of rookie camp. The CBA bans the use of full pads un­til the start of train­ing camp.

“It is what it is. We’ll lose them,” head coach John Har­baugh said. “It’s what they de­cided was ap­pro­pri­ate, so we’ll re­spect that.”

The NFL also fined the or­ga­ni­za­tion and Har­baugh.

Bal­ti­more wore pads for a brief pe­riod of prac­tice on May 6, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports.

“There’s the CBA the way it’s writ­ten word-for-word, we’ve read it all. There are side let­ters and there are amend­ments to side let­ters. There’s a hand­book and there are things that get added to the hand­book reg­u­larly that come out in memos,” Har­baugh said. “There are things that you look at and you say, ‘I think we’ve got an op­por­tu­nity here to gain some ground with our rook­ies.’ It was a rookie de­vel­op­men­tal day. It wasn’t the case. It was wrong. I read it the wrong way and it’s on me.


Any other de­tails about it – I don’t think any­body wants to hear any of that stuff. I think the bot­tom line is, it’s on me.”

The Ravens for­feited their sec­ond round of OTAs (June 1-3). NFL teams are only al­lot­ted 10 OTA ses­sions per off­sea­son.

Bal­ti­more re­tains all of its mini­camp and train­ing camp prac­tices.

“We’ll ad­just, we’ll fig­ure out ways to get our work done for sure. In some ways, maybe the rest will be good for us, that’s kind of the way I look at it. I told the guys, ‘I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have thought of giv­ing our guys some time off af­ter all of this six weeks of hard work,’” Har­baugh said. “That’s how we’re go­ing to look at it.”

The Ravens lost a week of off­sea­son prac­tices un­der Har­baugh also in 2010.

The NFL an­nounced the pun­ish­ment as Bal­ti­more prac­ticed Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“I told the play­ers, ‘ There’s not one guy in this room…’ [I told the] coaches the same thing, ‘There’s not one player or one coach in this room that should worry about it for one sec­ond. You shouldn’t have any anx­i­ety about it, be­cause it’s on me.’ It’s com­pletely me,” Har­baugh said. “It was my de­ci­sion, it was my ef­fort and that’s the sit­u­a­tion that we’re in. We’ll ad­just, we’ll adapt and we’ll still be­come the best foot­ball team we can be.”

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Bal­ti­more Ravens tight end Den­nis Pitta prac­tices block­ing dur­ing OTAs last week. The Ravens were stripped of three OTAs for a vi­o­la­tion com­mit­ted at rookie mini­camp.

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