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NFL docks Falcons three days of OTAs for violating no-contact rules

Dan Quinn


The Falcons are the latest team to get in trouble for violating league rules about non-contact practices.

The NFL announced today that the Falcons will forfeit three days of Organized Team Activities in 2017 for violating work rules prohibiting excessive contact in offseason workouts. Falcons players will still be paid for those three days.

“We take player safety very seriously and work hard to ensure that we are in compliance with league rules,” the Falcons said in a statement. “Although we are disappointed in the penalty, we respect the league’s decision and will make the necessary adjustments moving forward.”

This is the Falcons’ first violation of practice rules, although head coach Dan Quinn was Seattle’s defensive coordinator when the Seahawks committed one of their three recent violations of non-contact practice rules.

The Falcons’ violation took place in May. It had not been previously disclosed that the team was under investigation for violating practice rules.