OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have been fined by the NFL and forced to forfeit two days of practice this week for violating offseason workout rules.
The NFL cited the team for pass coverage contact during earlier Offseason Team Activity sessions, according to coach John Harbaugh, who was also fined by the league.
For violating the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the Ravens must cancel their scheduled OTA workouts on Thursday and Friday.
Harbaugh insisted the Ravens have "heavily emphasized these CBA pass coverage rules in meetings, and coached them diligently."
He insisted Wednesday that coaches have "done everything within our power and ability to practice within the rules and pulled players from practice who failed to adhere to the rules."
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says breaking old practice habits by players competing for jobs, especially rookies, "takes more repetitions."
Newsome says the Ravens will "continue to be vigilant about this."
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Owner Steve Bisciotti is being fined $100,000 and head coach John Harbaugh $50,000, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
This is the second time in three years the organization is facing discipline for violating offseason workout rules. In 2016, Harbaugh and the Ravens were fined $137,223 and $343,057, respectively, for a similar situation. In 2010, they had to cancel a week of workouts for violating rules under the previous collective bargaining agreement.
NBC Sports Washington's Lisa Redmond contributed to this article.
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