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Ravens Reportedly Fined $250K by NFL for COVID-19 Violations

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2020

A Baltimore Ravens helmet is seen on the field prior to an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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The NFL fined the Baltimore Ravens $250,000 for their COVID-19 outbreak earlier this season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Ravens didn't, however, have to forfeit a draft pick, a punishment levied against both the Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints.

Between Nov. 23 and Dec. 2, the Ravens saw 22 players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which is for players who tested positive or are deemed to be a close contact.

Baltimore's Week 12 clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed three times. The teams finally met Dec. 2 in Pittsburgh, with the Steelers earning a 19-14 victory. Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram II, J.K. Dobbins, Mark Andrews, Matthew Judon and Pernell McPhee were among the notable absences.

Ravens team president Dick Cass said Dec. 5 medical personnel had discovered at least four separate COVID-19 strains within the organization. Three were contained, but a fourth proved to be "highly contagious."

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Statement from Ravens team president Dick Cass: https://t.co/UmZFDUpUWX

Cass also alluded to violations of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols when he said "not everyone at the Ravens followed the protocol thoroughly."

The Ravens previously announced in November they were disciplining a staffer in connection to the outbreak.

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