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Report: NFL investigating Ravens for having players in full pads during rookie camp

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OWINGS MILLS, MD - SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens answers questions during a news conference at the teams training facility on September 8, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Earlier in the day the Ravens terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after the release of video showing Rice striking his then-fianc?e in a hotel elevator. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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The current Collective Bargaining Agreement bars teams from practicing in full pads until training camp, but the Ravens may have violated that rule during their recent rookie minicamp.

Jamison Hensley of reports that the NFL is investigating the Ravens for using full pads during a session at that camp. A team official told Hensley that the Ravens are not aware of any investigation by the league, but said that there was “a five-minute period” during one practice that saw players in full pads during a non-contact punt drill.

Per the report, the Ravens were unaware that the same rules from the rest of the offseason program applied to rookie minicamps and the players were pulled off the field after Ravens tight end and union rep Benjamin Watson clarified that the rules were the same for all practice periods.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said in the past that he thinks the current rules governing offseason work are detrimental to both teams and players.

Practice sessions are taped, so it shouldn’t take long to verify what happened if there is an investigation by the league. Past violations of practice rules have seen teams lose organized team activity days. The Ravens hold their first OTAs on May 24.