League announces Falcons' punishment for violating NFL-NFLPA rules

BY foxsports • October 6, 2016

The Atlanta Falcons learned their punishment for violating NFL-NFLPA rules prohibiting excessive contact last offseason. On Thursday, the league docked the Falcons three days of organized team activities for engaging in excessive contact that was prohibited under the collective bargaining agreement in May.

"We take player safety very seriously and work hard to ensure that we are in compliance with league rules," the Falcons said in a statement, via ESPN. "Although we are disappointed in the penalty, we respect the league's decision and will make the necessary adjustments moving forward."

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said the penalties haven't affected the team's preparation for their Week 5 showdown against the Broncos.

"Not a distraction on our end," Quinn said. "We recognize it happens, and we know we'll deal with that in the spring. But as far as the focus for the game and where we're at right now, no distraction for us."

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