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NFL investigating Baltimore Ravens' full-pad practice

By The Sports Xchange
NFL investigating Baltimore Ravens' full-pad practice
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI | License Photo

The NFL is investigating the Baltimore Ravens for a possible violation of the collective bargaining agreement when rookies wore full pads during a recent practice.

A Ravens official told ESPN the team is unaware of any investigation but explained there was a five-minute period on May 6 when rookies and first-year players suited up in pads during a noncontact punt protection drill.

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The team was under the impression that rookie minicamp didn't fall under the same rules as the organized team activities. Once player union rep Benjamin Watson clarified the rule, the drill was stopped.

Stricter rules limiting when players can suit up were approved in the last CBA, which was passed in 2011. The more strict regulations say teams are not allowed to suit up in full pads until training camp.

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