NFL Fines Coaches, Teams for Lack of Masks

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The National Football League is holding teams accountable for the new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that the league fined three head coaches for not wearing face masks during their games Sunday. The league reportedly fined Denver’s Vic Fangio, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan and Seattle’s Pete Carroll $100,000 each, while also fining each of those teams $250,000.

The fines come amid the NFL getting off to a clean start to the season. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, no players have tested positive in each of the first two weeks of the season — as of Saturday morning’s tests.

The NFL is still attempting to enforce its protocols. After a number of coaches didn’t wear masks in Week 1, the league’s executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent had sent a memo reminding coaches their mouths and noses must be covered at all times during games. The league acted after coaches continued not to comply in Week 2.

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