According to a report by Jamison Hensely of ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens violated the league’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by wearing full pads at rookie minicamp earlier this month.
There was reportedly a five-minute period of time on May 6 when both first-year players and rookies wore full pads in a non-contact drill. A team official, who is unaware of an investigation, thought that rookie minicamp rules were different from those of organized team activities (OTA’s), per Hensely.
The players were called to leave the field once a union representative (tight end Benjamin Watson), verified the rule.
According to the most recent version of the CBA passed in 2011, players are not permitted to wear full pads until the start of training camp. This is to lessen the chances of injury to the players during the introductory part of the season when minicamps and OTA’s take place.
In order for an investigation to start, a player would have had to report the violation, per Hensely, who also notes the Ravens have been disciplined in the past for a similar infraction back in 2010.
The penalty in that case was an entire week’s practice time removed. Now, more than ever, thanks to the same CBA rules, practice time is precious, meaning league discipline would definitely sting if a similar penalty is the outcome.