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Ravens, 49ers forced to cancel M&T Bank Stadium practice

CBA rules will prevent the two teams from practicing the day after the first preseason game.


Fans hoping to catch the Ravens practicing against the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium will be unable to so.

On Saturday, the Ravens announced that due to the most recent collective bargaining agreement, the two teams will have to cancel the stadium practice scheduled for Aug. 8. The practice was slated to be a walkthrough a day after the two teams play against each other in a preseason game on Aug. 7.

The reason is that the CBA limits the number of consecutive days a team can participate in football-related activities. The Ravens were scheduled to hold a walkthrough before the game, before playing the 49ers, with four combined practices in a row to follow. That would mean the Ravens would have six consecutive days of activity, which is likely the reason why the Ravens have been forced to amend their schedule. In addition, a Ravens spokesperson indicated the practice and travel schedule were factors as well.

The Ravens and 49ers are still scheduled to practice against each other from Aug. 9-11 at the team's facility in Owings Mills, Md.

The Ravens are still holding an open practice to fans in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this Monday.

"We're very disappointed for fans who were planning to attend Friday's practice against the 49ers," Ravens team president Dick Cass said in a statement. "We hope some of them will be able to come to the practice at Navy on Monday."