Andy Reid's face shield has drawn a lot of laughs, but it sure has saved him a lot of money.
The NFL is giving teams who violate their COVID-19 protocols a little bit more than a slap on the wrist. Instead, the league is levying six-figure fines on teams that do not follow the COVID-19 protocols on the sidelines, especially with regard to wearing masks and other face coverings to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to multiple reports, five teams -- the New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks, and the San Francisco 49ers -- have been fined $250,000 for violating the league's mask-wearing rules during Week 2. Their coaches -- Sean Payton, Jon Gruden, Vic Fangio, Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan, respectively -- have also been hit with an additional $100,000 fine.
The initial reports came immediately after speculation stemmed from Pro Football Talk.
Though it was the injury bug that dominated the NFL in Week 2, the league is keeping their grip on behavior during the coronavirus pandemic as tight as ever.
After Week 1, Gruden said he needed to do a better job wearing a mask (via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN).
Both he and Payton have previously tested positive for COVID-19, but league protocols require the coaches to wear masks on the sideline.