Bears lose a day of OTAs for violating league rules on non-contact practices

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New Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is getting a lesson in the rules on non-contact practices during the offseason.

The Bears were forced to cancel today’s Organized Team Activities for violating the rules by doing live contact in practice, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The violation took place during May practices, and after the NFL Players Association and the league looked into it, the result was losing one day of OTAs.

It’s not uncommon for first-year coaches to get busted for not doing enough to enforce the no-contact rules on practice fields where competitive players often want an opportunity to hit each other. In 2021 the NFL cracked down on Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer for violating the rule in his first (and last) year as a head coach.

9 responses to “Bears lose a day of OTAs for violating league rules on non-contact practices

  1. If it was the Pats they would have lost draft picks…. Probably a 1st & 4th…. That seems to be the standard penalty for them no matter how small the infraction actually is or should the league feel the need to cripple them for some perceived BS like #deflategate….

  2. imagine being the person that ratted out the team for doing this….so stupid.

  3. The question is if he was ignorant of the rules or willingly broke the rules. For Bears’ fans sake, I hope its the latter.

  4. I’m OK with this. The Nagy-era Bears were pretty contact avoidant so anything that is moving the culture in the opposite direction is fine by me.

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