Anyway, the consensus among the coaches, players and media — and among the fans, too — was that the loss of a two-day special teams camp next week is no big deal.
Mark it down: Finally, we all agreed on something. And during a prime time in the offseason to blow a story out of proportion due to pure boredom, let's give each other a pat on the back for not turning this into Ravens-OTA-gate.
Sure, everyone is wondering who snitched. Coach John Harbaugh (above, taken on Tuesday) said six Ravens informed the NFL Players Association they were kept late for meetings during the team's first voluntary passing camp. Two players whined about being held after practice. The "intensity and tempo of drills" — pretty difficult things to quantify and regulate — were criticized, too. I'm sure Carmelo Anthony is disappointed with how this whole ordeal played out.
What's the point in ratting out the organization? After all, it's not like the Ravens are the only NFL team guilty of pushing the limits during OTAs. They're just the first to get caught since Lane Kiffin's Raiders three years ago.
These guys should have just walked out of the voluntary sessions if they were at the Castle too long. "Peace out, Coach. I've got to get back to the crib to update my Twitter."
No matter, though. The NFL's punishment was fair, and the loss of two June special teams practices — with optional participation and no shoulder pads — will have zero impact on this team when September rolls around.
"I don't think it will hurt us at all," Harbaugh said.
Player rep Dominique Foxworth's incredulous eye roll echoed that when a reporter asked him if one less OTA would hurt the team. "He's going to get plenty of work out of us during [training] camp, trust me," Foxworth added.
So the Ravens could feel the wrath of Harbaugh when training camp kicks off July 27 in Westminster? "Well, you try to think positively," joked Derrick Mason. "You try to think that coach Harbaugh won't see it that way — wink, wink."
Don't sweat the notion there is crazy tension in the locker room. Harbaugh has to be miffed, but he seemed genuine while owning up to the mistake. "We ran over, and we shouldn't have," he said. Meanwhile, the players won this minor battle, keeping their coach in check, so the beef has been squashed on their end.
And though Harbaugh called the situation "a little bit embarrassing," the Ravens' sterling reputation around the league isn't the least bit sullied because the coaching staff cut into a few players' summer Xbox time.
Now, with Thursday being the Ravens' last OTA before training camp, the veterans will get to take off to their vacation destinations a week ahead of schedule.