SportsPulse: Loopy comebacks and devastating accidents outlined a jam-packed Sunday. USA TODAY Sports activities’ Mackenzie Salmon reacts to the entire largest tale strains from Week 2 across the NFL.


LAS VEGAS – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no qualms about harshly penalizing coaches who violate the NFL’s protocols mandating that they put on facemasks whilst roaming the sidelines.

The NFL on Monday fined 3 coaches – San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan, Denver’s Vic Fangio and Seattle’s Pete Carroll – a $100,000 each and every for brushing aside the coverage. Moreover, their respective groups had been docked $250,000 apiece.

“It’s in keeping with the message,” Goodell instructed USA TODAY Sports activities on Monday night time. “You’ll be able to’t let up. We’ve were given to constantly do the issues that experience gotten us to this position and now not suppose, ‘K, issues have long gone so neatly, so it’s ok now.’ It’s now not. You’ve were given to stick for your ft and we’ve were given to proceed to be disciplined.”

Thru coaching camp and two weeks of the common season, the NFL has been a success in fighting the unfold of COVID-19 inside of its ranks and hasn’t skilled outbreaks with any of its 32 groups that doubtlessly may disrupt the season. It’s a credit score to strict protocols and day by day trying out instituted through the leagueand the NFL Gamers Affiliation. In step with ESPN, for the reason that get started of coaching camp Aug. 12 till Sept. 12, the newest date for which there’s information, a complete of seven avid gamers and 24 different body of workers have produced certain showed checks.

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Las Vegas Raiders head trainer Jon Gruden, left, speaks with quarterback Derek Carr throughout the second one part in opposition to the New Orleans Saints. (Picture: Isaac Brekken, AP)

But when Goodell discussed self-discipline, it had a double which means, supposed or now not.

The 2 head coaches Goodell watched throughout the Monday night time matchup – the Las Vegas Raiders’ Jon Gruden and the New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton – had been observed with out face coverings. Additionally, Saints defensive backs trainer Aaron Glenn was once observed throughout the sport and not using a masks.

Extra self-discipline it seems that looms.

Within the first recreation on the new house of the Raiders, Allegiant Stadium, Gruden in the long run donned a masks as the sport stepped forward. However he however gave the impression resigned to the potential for drawing a dear reprimand from the NFL nevertheless, when requested about it through USA TODAY Sports activities.

“I’ve had the virus, I’m doing my very best,” Gruden stated throughout a postgame Zoom convention after the 34-24 win.

Had the virus? That hasn’t been public wisdom.

“I’m very delicate about it, however I’m calling performs,” Gruden added, explaining the absence of the masks for prolonged sessions. “I wish to be in contact those eventualities. I say sorry, but when I am getting fined, I will be able to must pay the effective. I’m delicate about all of that and I say sorry.”


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