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NFL penalizes Ravens for violating practice rules

NFL penalizes Ravens for violating practice rules

The NFL came down hard on the Ravens on Thursday, ordering them to forfeit three organized team activities and fining the organization and coach John Harbaugh nearly $500,000 for violating the league’s collective bargaining agreement during the team’s rookie minicamp earlier this month.

An investigation by the league confirmed that the Ravens had rookies in full pads for the start of practice on May 6, which the team had previously acknowledged. Teams aren’t allowed to have full-padded practices until training camp.

“It’s what they decided was appropriate, so we’ll respect that,” Harbaugh said following the conclusion of...