As per Ravens Insider Jeff Zrebiec, the Baltimore Ravens are set to lose the final two days of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) this week. The practices have been canceled by the NFL, as the Ravens are being punished for breaking a league rule. According to Zrebiec, the rule infraction remains undisclosed at this time. This is not the first time that the Ravens have dealt with league punishments during offseason practices. Last year, the league punished the Ravens for doing full-padded practice before the league officially allowed it. Tight end Benjamin Watson, an NFLPA representative, had to notify the coaching staff that they were not allowed to partake in those practices. Now, the Ravens must deal with this new issue.
Not only do the Ravens lose two days of practice, but head coach John Harbaugh and Owner Steve Bisciotti are also facing the threat of league imposed fines. The Ravens have been noted to be one of the most stable franchises under Bisciotti and Harbaugh’s leadership. Their potential fines are very off character.
Missing two days of OTA practices will likely not hurt the Raven’s long term. The team is filled with veteran players who understand the process. Quarterback Joe Flacco has already started to develop chemistry with Michael Crabtree and other wide receivers. Most of last year’s starting defense is returning to the field this year, as well. The chemistry around them is already built. Despite the punishment, there is a silver lining for the Ravens. No one can get hurt. the Baltimore Ravens over the past few seasons have been decimated by the injury plague. A couple of days off should give players some much-needed rest, and help to prevent injuries this offseason. Although the reason for this punishment is still unknown, The Baltimore Feather will provide updates when they arrive.