NFL warns teams of potential discipline for failure to wear masks properly


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This is, so far, very good for pro football in an epidemic. But this can change quickly, if / when people get complacency and / or protocols are not followed.

On Monday, NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent sent a memo to all general managers, head coaches and athletic coaches about the joint NFL-NFL Players Association protocol.

“[W]E must be vigilant and disciplined in following the procedures and protocols implemented not only by leagues, unions and clubs, but also by state and local governments, ”Vincent writes in the memo, a copy of which PFT has obtained. “Becoming careless or covering the face and ignoring physical disturbances will endanger the 2020 season.”

The memorandum then reminds recipients that the protocol “is required All persons with bench area access (including coaches and club medical staff members) to wear a face cover every time. “(Emphasis in original)

“Two of our stadiums are in places in which this requirement is mandatory for all individuals, including players,” Vincent writes. “Failure to comply with this requirement will result in accountability measures to be levied against the offending individuals and / or clubs. Wearing a mask does not mean using it as a chin strap or hanging it from someone’s neck. The face should be designed to be covered so that it fits securely into the wearer’s nose and mouth to prevent transmission of the virus. ”

Sunday’s games included numerous examples of coaches who periodically draw their masks (such as Ram coach Sean McVay) and / or individuals wearing masks that do not completely cover their noses and mouths. Were. The NFL has made it clear after the first Sunday of the regular season that deficiencies exist, they must be removed, and if they are not the result.

The end result for the league would be a virus outbreak. This is what the league is trying to avoid. Ensuring that someone who is required to wear a mask will go a long way towards keeping the NFL from postponing or canceling the game properly.

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