The month of turbulence for the Washington Commanders continued Friday when the NFL fined head coach Ron Rivera $100,000 and docked the team two OTA practices in 2023 for excessive contact in practice drills, according to ESPN.
The Commanders are among the numerous teams to be penalized for the infraction, as the Cowboys were similarly punished on Thursday and the Texans on Friday. However, neither organization was penalized as severely as Washington.
The fine for Rivera matches the same amount he levied on defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio for his comments on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
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Where does this latest misstep rank in Washington's turbulent offseason?
Ben Standig, Commanders senior writer: There's always something. The latest something doesn't compare to investigations into organizational culture or include the political overtones of defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio's comments about the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill or Terry McLaurin's contract extension talks that kept the receiver away from Washington’s offseason program.
Defensive players lacked discipline at times; safeties Jeremy Reaves and Darrick Forrest put extra mustard on hits during open OTA sessions. That's not definitively on the coaching staff, but Rivera preached the need for greater discipline to his team following the Reaves hit on June 8. The league agreed and now Rivera is lighter in the wallet while the team will forgo two offseason practices next season.