Once again the Baltimore Ravens find themselves in trouble with the National Football League.
On June 5 the NFL charged the Ravens with violations involving offseason workout rules. As a result of the infractions, the Ravens must forfeit their final two OTAs – Organized Team Activities – and pay $150,000 in fines. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has been fined $100,000 and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was fined $50,000.
In an effort to help eliminate injuries in players, physical contact during pass coverage plays during the OTAs is not allowed. The Ravens have been charged with violating this ruling. Harbaugh said that they are constantly coaching players on the rules but adds that it can be difficult when new players join the team.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says the teams is, “vigilant” when it comes to ensuring the players follow the rules.
This is the second time in three years that the Ravens have been charged with violating offseason workout rules that are a part of the player’s collective bargaining agreement.
In 2010 the Ravens had for forfeit a week of OTAs due to rule infractions and in 2016 the team was fine $343,057 and Coach Harbaugh was fined $137,223 due to rule infractions.