BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Ravens were fined $ 250,000 by the NFL for their recent COVID-19 outbreak, but avoided the loss of a draft pick, a league source confirmed.
This discipline is less severe than other disciplines imposed by the league this season. The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans were each fined $ 350,000, and the Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints were fined $ 500,000 each and the draft pick was snatched (the Raiders lost a sixth-round pick And the Saints were a seventh-round player).
The penalty by the NFL is in addition to the discipline imposed by the Ravens, the source added. Baltimore suspended its strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders for always wearing masks and contact-tracing devices at the facility.
Last month, the Ravens dealt with one of the biggest outbreaks in professional sports. At least one player tested positive for 10 straight days in Baltimore and was rescheduled multiple times as a result of its two games.
The Ravens placed a total of 23 players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list from November 23 to December 2 under the reign of NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, who tested positive on Thanksgiving. The team was informed by the NFL that “at least four unique strains” of COVID-19 were found inside its facility during the outbreak.
This led to the Ravens’ game against the Steelers being postponed three times and their game against the Cowboys twice.
“We have taken the virus seriously, very seriously,” Rains president Dick Cass said in a statement earlier this month. “… Despite our best efforts, the protocol is only as effective as our weakest link. With such a dangerous virus, everyone should follow the protocol to avoid infecting many. We will now Know that not everyone in the Ravens followed the protocol. Well. “
Rance has had some positive tests since the outbreak. Baltimore currently has no players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list.
NFL Network was the first to report Ravens’ fine.