The Baltimore Ravens work their players too hard according to the NFL Players' Association. The Baltimore Sun reports today that the Ravens are not allowed to hold a mini-camp next week because the team "had broken the rules concerning the intensity and tempo of drills conducted at their offseason camps as well as the length of time spent by players at the team's facility".
The Oakland Raiders were penalized for this infraction of the CBA three years ago.
The penalty also means that the players are not allowed at the Ravens training facility on those days and that the missed mini-camp cannot be re-scheduled.
While the NFLPA and the NFL are policing scofflaws about practices, there is no word on progress toward a new CBA and the prospects of a strike/lockout in 2011. Despite appearances, Roger Goodell is sure that a new agreement will be reached.
The Sun reports today that 6 players complained about late meetings and 2 others "reported being held too long on the field after practice". Coaches and players alike have stated that the sides are not mad at each other and Coach John Harbaugh has taken responsibility, saying he agrees with the penalty.
Apparently Ravens fans are not so forgiving. While the players who complained are unknown, it seems that some fans have taken to referring them to as "the Rat Pack" on fan blogs.