As noted earlier this week, Baltimore Ravens are being investigated by the NFL for possibly violating offseason workout activities by using full pads in practice. However, the bigger issue is that if the Ravens are found guilty of violating the rule, the Ravens could lose a fourth-round draft pick if the Ravens violate another rule in the same season as Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com discussed below.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement uses a combination of fines, lost practice time, and draft-pick forfeiture in situations like this. The good news for the Ravens is that draft picks become an issue only in the event of multiple violations in the same league year. (The bad news is that they're now potentially one violation away from losing a fourth-round pick.)
For a first violation, the head coach "shall be subject to a fine in the amount of $100,000 for the first violation," and the team "shall be subject to a fine in the amount of $250,000 for the first violation." Those amounts are based on 2011 league revenues; there's a provision in the CBA allowing for an increase based on future growth in earnings.
Mind you, the Ravens were in violation of a rule similar to this case in 2010 before the new CBA was put in place that involved players practicing too long. But that was then and this is now. If the Ravens are not guilty, there is nothing to worry about. But if the Ravens are guilty, the coaching staff can't afford any slip-ups or the next violation won't be a slap on the wrist.