Bears lose OTA practice after violating NFL’s no-contact policy: Reports

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Matt Eberflos had already suffered a slight hiccup in his first year as a Chicago Bears coach.

The Bears were forced to cancel organized team activities on Tuesday after violating league rules for no-contact practices during the holiday season in May, The Chicago Tribune first reported on Tuesday.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberfels looks at Chicago Bears OTA Offseason practice on May 24, 2022, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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Representatives from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) were present during a session at Halas Hall last month and witnessed field contact, sources reported, ESPN sources reported. A team warning was initially issued, but several more instances were noted in practice videos requested by the NFLPA.

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The NFLPA clearly sets out many rules for off-season training including It is forbidden to “work in contact”, which are described as “direct ‘blocking’, interference, swiping, bumping and running, etc.”

The Chicago Bears run back Khalil Herbert, 24, with the soccer ball during Chicago Bears OTA Offseason practice on May 17, 2022, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois.

The Chicago Bears run back Khalil Herbert, 24, with the soccer ball during Chicago Bears OTA Offseason practice on May 17, 2022, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer A similar start in his first year As a head coach in the NFL, he was fined $100,000 for violating the league’s OTA rules. Jaguars were also fined $200,000.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberfels looks at work during the Chicago Bears Utah Offseason workout on May 17, 2022, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberfels looks at work during the Chicago Bears Utah Offseason workout on May 17, 2022, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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After training is taken up, the bears have only two sessions of OTAs left. They began the mandatory mini-camp on June 14.

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