Ravens forfeit 1 week of workouts
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts.
The NFL also fined coach John Harbaugh $137,000 Thursday, while the team was fined $343,000 under current collective bargaining agreement guidelines.
When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules.
''It's on me. It's completely me,'' Harbaugh said Thursday after overseeing an offseason practice session. ''It was my decision. I told the team that not one coach or player should have any anxiety over this. This is all on me.''
In a statement, the Ravens said: ''We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline.''
Baltimore's June 1-3 voluntary workouts have been scrapped.
''We'll adjust, we'll figure out ways to get our work done for sure,'' Harbaugh said. ''In some ways, maybe the rest will be good for us. That's kind of the way I look at it.''
The coach said the violation stemmed from him misinterpreting the rulebook.
''There's a handbook and there are things that get added to the handbook regularly that come out in memos,'' he said. ''I read it the wrong way.''
The team will have OTAs on June 6-9 and a mandatory minicamp June 14-16.
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