AP source: NFL fines Ravens $250,000 for COVID violations

FILE - The Baltimore Ravens walk past the team logo in the end zone during warmups for the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, in this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, file photo. The Baltimore Ravens were fined $250,000 by the NFL for violating COVID-19 protocols, a person with direct knowledge of the punishment told The Associated Press on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - The Baltimore Ravens walk past the team logo in the end zone during warmups for the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, in this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, file photo. The Baltimore Ravens were fined $250,000 by the NFL for violating COVID-19 protocols, a person with direct knowledge of the punishment told The Associated Press on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The Baltimore Ravens were fined $250,000 by the NFL for violating COVID-19 protocols, a person with direct knowledge of the punishment told The Associated Press on Monday.

The team was not docked draft picks for the violations, which led to a coronavirus outbreak and the rescheduling of the Ravens' Thanksgiving night game against Pittsburgh.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discipline has not been announced.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged Monday that the team had been fined for the violation of protocol.

“We respect the league's process and discipline process, and we accepted the discipline," said Harbaugh, who was wearing a mask during his weekly Zoom interview the media.

In Baltimore's outbreak, 23 players wound up on the league's reserve/COVID-19 list, with several coaches and team personnel also affected. The game with the archrival Steelers eventually was played the following Wednesday, and the Ravens' matchup with Dallas was moved to Dec. 8 in a rare Tuesday game.

The Ravens suspended strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders for failing to report coronavirus symptoms and for not following protocol within the facility.

Saunders returned to work last week, according to Harbaugh, who added, “Beyond that, really, I have no comments on it. We never comment on internal discipline at all, whoever it might be, and we're just moving forward."