Ravens forfeit week of practices for CBA violation
— 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.