The Baltimore Ravens have been forced to forfeit next week’s final week of OTA practices after a complaint from the NFLPA has been resolved. There really isn’t much more to this story to be analyzed, as it is fruitless to speculate where the complaint came from. Here’s the complete release from the team…
For Immediate Release
The NFL has cancelled the last week of the Ravens’ organized team activities. (The Ravens were scheduled to have special teams OTAs next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-16.)
Here are statements from Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh and the NFL:
Ravens General Manager/Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome
“The NFL informed us of the situation, and the action they’ve taken is appropriate. We made a mistake, and it won’t happen again. We’ll complete our organized team activity days this week and then turn our focus to the start of training camp.”
Head Coach John Harbaugh
“When you make a mistake, you step up. We’re accountable. As Ozzie said, it won’t happen again.”
Joint Statements by the NFL and the NFL Players Association
The NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association have resolved a complaint by the Players Association against the Baltimore Ravens concerning violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s off-season workout rules.
It was determined that the Ravens violated the rules concerning the intensity and tempo of drills conducted on the club’s organized team activity days (“OTA days”) and the length of time spent by players at the club’s facility on such days.
As a result, the Ravens will forfeit the final week of their off-season program (June 14-18). Ravens’ players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days.
(With practice cancelled next week, the Ravens are allowing media to attend practice this Thursday as well as tomorrow.)