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NFL fined two extra coaches, groups for coronavirus masks accidents, supply says

Head coach Jon Gruden talks to Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr # 4 during a time out in the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The National Football League fined two other coaches who did not wear masks on the sidelines as required by the league's Covid-19 protocols, a source told CNBC on Tuesday.

Head coaches Jon Gruden and Sean Payton stood on the sidelines without a mask on Monday night at the Las Vegas Raiders against New Orleans Saints competition on ESPN.

Both the Raiders and the Saints were fined $ 250,000 each, a league source told CNBC. Gruden and Payton were each fined $ 100,000, the source said.

The NFL did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.

After the Raiders beat the Saints 34-24, Gruden, who said he had the virus, told reporters he was sensitive to the matter but would pay any fine the NFL imposed.

ESPN reported Monday that the NFL fined three other head coaches $ 100,000 each for not wearing masks and fined $ 250,000 to the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers.

Including the Raiders and Saints, protocol fines for the NFL would total $ 1.7 million for Week 3 of their 2020 season. Additional fines could also be imposed on other coaches and teams.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks to touch judge Laird Hayes during the first half of the NFL game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Although the league tests both players and staff on a weekly basis, the league requires team staff to wear a protective mask during games to help combat the possible spread of the coronavirus.

As of September 16, the NFL reported seven positive tests with 40,479 samples, including two players. The NFL said it had eight tests positive a week earlier.

USA Today said Troy Vincent, the NFL's vice president of football operations, reminded teams to use "accountability measures" if they are caught violating mask protocols.

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