The NFL finally punished the Tennessee Titans after the team’s COVID-19 outbreak, and now the Las Vegas Raiders have the league’s full attention.
The Titans were slapped with a $350,000 fine for violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols following a joint review between the league and NFLPA, according to NFL Network, which reports the Raiders could face discipline after right tackle Trent Brown was found to not be consistently wearing his contact-tracing device.
Brown’s positive COVID-19 test during the week led to the rest of the Raiders’ starting offensive line being forced to sit out of practices. It was determined the entire offensive line gathered without face coverings during practice, per NFL Network.
It’s the latest in a string of Raiders incidents that likely has the NFL fuming, which could potentially lead to a harsher punishment than the Titans’. Head coach Jon Gruden was fined $100,000 for violating the league’s mask mandate after the Raiders’ Week 2 win against the Saints. The team was also fined $250,000 because of the violation, while it was also fined $50,000 for having an unauthorized person in its locker room after the Saints game.
Earlier this month, 10 Raiders players were fined after tight end Darren Waller hosted a charity event for his foundation during which players were not wearing masks. Waller was fined $30,000 while nine other players, including quarterback Derek Carr, were fined $15,000 each.
Tennessee’s fine came after the NFL and NFLPA found there were times masks weren’t being worn at the team’s facility. The team had 24 positive COVID-19 tests that led to schedule changes, including its Week 4 game against the Steelers being postponed to Week 7, and its Week 5 game against Buffalo being pushed to Tuesday of that week. The Titans escaped worse punishment that the NFL has threatened recently, which includes being stripped of draft picks and forfeits.
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