John Harbaugh confirms Ravens strength coach has returned, declines comment

Andrew Gillis
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Harbaugh confirms strength coach Saunders has returned to team originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Ravens’ strength and conditioning coach, Steve Saunders, has returned to work after discipline for COVID-19 violations in November, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday. 

Saunders was the staff member disciplined according to reports, though the team never officially named him in their self-report, for failure to wear a mask in the building and report coronavirus symptoms. The Ravens suffered one of the worst outbreaks in pro sports in November, which put 23 players on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list and forced the team’s game against the Steelers to be moved three times.

“He’s back, he’s back working,” Harbaugh said. “He came back last week so you see him working. Beyond that, I have no comment on it. It is what it is. I never do comment on internal discipline at all, whoever it might be. We’re just moving forward.”

Saunders was spotted by reporters on the field before the team’s game against the Giants on Sunday.

The organization was fined $250,000 for the violations, according to multiple reports. They were not, however, docked any draft choices in their punishment.

“I really don’t have any opinion on it,” Harbaugh said of the fine. “We respect the league’s process and the discipline process. We accepted the discipline. I think (team president) Dick Cass made a statement on that. We’ll just leave it at that. That’s our position on it.”

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