The NFL keeps its promise.
On their way into week 2, the league said they would apply the rules that force side personnel to wear facial covers during the coronavirus pandemic.
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On Monday, three head coaches found out that they get bills for face masks.
The league responded heavy fines at $ 1
Based on photos from Sunday’s game between the New York Giants and Chicago Bears, Joe Judge may come next. And he will not be alone. More coaches and clubs can expect similar penalties as last week’s memo from Troy Vincent, who oversees the league’s football activities, was largely ignored throughout the weekend.
Among other criminals: Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Colts coach Frank Reich and Ram’s coach Sean McVay.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who said last week that he felt Vincent’s memo was directed at him, and Saints coach Sean Payton appeared on a split screen Monday night, and both are breaking the rules.
Speaking of Gruden, after Monday’s 34-24 victory over the Saints, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Raiders head coach admitted that he had coronavirus earlier this year.
“I’m doing my best,” he said. “I have had the virus. I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive to that. I call pieces. I just want to communicate in these situations, and if I get fined I have to pay the fine, but I am very sensitive to that and I apologize. ”
And do not forget that Payton had the NFL’s first case of COVID-19 when he got the virus in March.
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In his strongly worded memo, Vincent said that the law “must be vigilant and disciplined when following the processes and protocols bound only by the league, the union and the clubs, but also by state and local authorities.”
The rules do not apply to players, but all other people with access to the bench area, including coaches and members of the club’s medical staff, must always wear face protection.
Failure to do so, Vincent warned in his memo, “will lead to the imposition of liability measures against insulting individuals and / or clubs. The face covering must be worn according to the design so that it fits securely over the wearer’s nose and mouth to prevent transmission of the virus. ”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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