NFL fines Ravens $250,000 for COVID violations

NFL fines Ravens $  250,000 for COVID violations

The Baltimore Ravens were fined $ 250,000 by the NFL for violating COVID-19 protocols, a person with direct knowledge of the punishment told The Associated Press on Monday.

The team was not docked draft picks for the violations, which led to a coronavirus outbreak and the rescheduling of the Ravens’ Thanksgiving night game against Pittsburgh.

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The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discipline has not been announced.

In Baltimore’s outbreak, 23 players wound up on the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list, with several coaches and team personnel also affected. The game with the archrival Steelers eventually was played the following Wednesday, and the Ravens’ matchup with Dallas was moved to Dec. 8 in a rare Tuesday game.

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Four other teams this year have been fined for multiple protocol violations. The Las Vegas Raiders lost a sixth-round selection in 2021 and were fined $ 500,000, while the New Orleans Saints were stripped of a seventh-rounder and fined $ 500,000.

New England and Tennessee previously were fined $ 350,000 but did not have a draft choice taken away.

The Ravens’ fine was first reported by NFL Network.

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