Still, the fantastic, the biggest for a violation of the protocols, got here because the league tried to maintain its season on observe amid infections that had unfold to not less than 4 groups. The determination to penalize the Titans got here three weeks after the league introduced stronger measures designed to decrease the danger of infections, together with utilizing video surveillance cameras in crew amenities to observe the compliance of protocols similar to sporting masks.
The league additionally mentioned that groups not in compliance could possibly be fined, lose draft picks and forfeit video games if their actions affected different groups.
The outbreak on the Titans had already led to the postponement, by three weeks, of their sport towards the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was initially deliberate for Oct. four.
With the quantity of circumstances on the crew persevering with to develop, and the crew unable to satisfy in particular person to apply for almost two weeks, the league had postponed the Titans’ matchup towards the Buffalo Bills, transferring it from a Sunday to a Tuesday.
The postponement and penalties should not the one scheduling issues the league has been pressured to sort out. The league postponed by a day, to Monday, the Week four New England-Kansas City sport after it was revealed that Cam Newton, the Patriots’ star quarterback, and a Chiefs apply squad quarterback had examined constructive for the virus on Oct. three. On that Wednesday, Stephon Gilmore, one other Patriots star, examined constructive as effectively, calling into query the league’s determination to permit the groups to play.
The league has not but taken the step of including an 18th week to the season to accommodate postponed video games. Nor is there any severe consideration but of shortening the season. Instead, the league will proceed to depend on juggling the present schedule, together with rescheduling video games by a day or two, to a Monday or a Tuesday, for instance.
The league has additionally fined coaches a whole bunch of 1000’s of for failing to put on their face masks correctly throughout video games. The Raiders have been additionally fined $50,000 this month for permitting an unauthorized particular person of their locker room, doubtlessly exposing members of the crew. Ten Raiders have been fined as a lot as $30,000 this month for attending a crowded, indoor charity occasion and never sporting masks whereas there, violating native well being tips.