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Last Week of Ravens' OTA Cut Short

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The National Football League ordered the Baltimore Ravens to cancel their final week of offseason training camp due to a violation of league rules. The NFL announced that the Ravens will have to forfeit their final week of OTA’s (organized team activities), which was scheduled for June 14-18. This happened after a complaint was filed by the NFLPA (National Football League Player’s Association) concerning the team’s violation of the collective bargaining agreement offseason workout rules.

The NFL and NFLPA stated that,

“…the Ravens violated the rules concerning the integrity and tempo of drills conducted on the club’s organized team activity days and the length of time spent by players at the club’s facility on such days.”

Basically, the Ravens have been penalized for practicing too hard and spending too much time together as a team to prepare for the upcoming season. Because of this violation, Ravens players are not allowed to use the team complex in Owings Mills next week— although they will still be paid.

Baltimore Ravens General Manager and Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome said,

“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.”

Training Camp will begin in late July at McDaniel College in Westminster. They play their first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on August 12th at M&T Bank Stadium.