OWINGS MILLS, Md. --- The NFL forced the Baltimore Ravens to cancel one week of organized team activities and fined both the team and coach John Harbaugh on Thursday for violating offseason rules.
The Ravens acknowledged the punishment by releasing a statement on Thursday: "We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline."
The Ravens put rookies and first-year players in pads for a five-minute period at a recent rookie minicamp, according to a team source. But the NFL believed the Ravens were aware of noncontact practice rules and still moved forward, which will factor into any potential discipline, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The current collective bargaining agreement has been in effect since 2011.
This marked the second time in six years that the NFL would punish the Ravens for violating offseason rules. In 2010, Baltimore had to cancel the final week of OTAs -- which amounted to two special teams practices -- after six players complained to the players' union about late meetings and two others reported being held too long on the field after practice.
This punishment was similar to what the Seattle Seahawks received in 2014, when the team and coach Pete Carroll were collectively fined $300,000 ($200,000 for the team and $100,000 for Carroll) and the Seahawks lost two days of mandatory minicamp for violating non-contact rules in the offseason.