NFL fines Ron Rivera $100K, docks Washington Commanders two 2023 OTA practices

ASHBURN, Va. — The NFL fined Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera $100,000 and removed the group of 2 OTA practices in 2023 for performing extreme contact in spring drills, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

The NFL Players Association examined practice video on June 1 and 8 — per a demand to the Commanders — and notified the NFL Management Council that it felt those practices breached the cumulative bargaining contract’s “prohibition against live contact.” The council, after examining the practices, concurred.

The NFL notified Washington basic supervisor Martin Mayhew by means of letter about the charges. The letter mentioned “there’s no question” a group does this to get a competitive benefit.

The Commanders, who completed spring exercises Thursday, decreased remark.

According to the letter, Washington’s “intensity and tempo of the Club’s interior line play and pass coverage during 11-on-11 drills were at a level where players were clearly engaged in physical contests.” It mentioned that on more than one play there was extreme contact in between gamers that led to gamers going to the ground.

“In some cases,” the letter mentioned, “players were slow to recover after those collisions.”

The letter mentioned Rivera required to step in when practices ended up being too physical and advise gamers of the guidelines and to “maintain appropriate control” over practice.

On June 8, Washington security Jeremy Reaves crashed into receiver Dyami Brown as both chose the ball. Reaves stated later on that he did not see Brown, cutting in traffic, or he would have brought up. After the play, Brown stuck around on the ground, moseyed to the sideline and was then accompanied into the center. Rivera stopped practice and chewed out his gamers to play smarter and more disciplined, and ended that full-team session too soon.

He later on stated that Brown suffered an aching shoulder. Brown took part in the obligatory three-day minicamp a week later on.

“We’ve just got to be careful and work with each other,” Rivera informed the media after the crash. “The last thing we want is somebody to be hurt. There’s a certain discipline that I try to get across to the guys that they understand that when we talk about doing things a specific way, there’s a reason why. We don’t want to see guys get hurt.

“I actually value the method they practice, the method they practice difficult and they get competitive every once in a while, however we have actually got to have the discipline to comprehend.”

One source said there were collisions worse than that during other practices closed to the media.

During the two canceled OTA practices, players can’t work out at the facility, but all players who participate in the offseason workout program will be paid for those days.

Last week, Rivera fined defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 for comments comparing the events of Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol to riots and looting during the summer of 2020. Rivera said Del Rio’s comment calling Jan. 6 a “dustup” produced an interruption for the group.

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