The Ravens sent out statements from General Manager Ozzie Newsome and coach Jim Harbaugh, after their latest punishment for violating rules against contact in offseason workouts.
Even with consistent and repeated teaching, these rules pose considerable adjustments for the young players. We have tried very hard to eliminate contact in pass coverage during OTAs, even so far as to pull players out of practice who struggle with these adjustments. I am confident we have done everything within our power and ability to practice within the rules, and we will continue to focus on preparing, teaching and practicing the right way.
Obviously we were a little shocked because no one really knew, running back Saquon Barkley said, via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. We came together as a team, and coach kind of said he is in high spirits, he is getting better, he is going to fight this thing, and we are going to be there for him and pray for him. . . .
He is part of the reason why I’m here, why I got drafted to the New York Giants. It sucks to hear that for someone you care about, but at the same time you know the type of person he is and it sounds like he is in very high spirits. He knows for sure that everyone on the team has his back. We’re there for him. We’re going to continue to love him and pray for him.
The 67-year-old Gettleman said in a statement the prognosis was positive, as he has remained. He’ll begin treatment soon, and the players who know him believe in his ability to fight the disease.
It was tough, wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. But (Gettleman) is a strong guy, just from what I know being around him these last few months. He’ll beat it. We have faith in that. Coach told us that the doctors are very confident and he’s confident, so that ultimately makes us confident.