Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh hasn’t heard from NFL about no-mask argument

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Friday he had not heard from the NFL office after covering his face to chat with an official in the 34 loss Monday night’s -20 against the Kansas City Chiefs.The NFL Referees Association complained about the incident to NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, according to the NFL Network.

“I understand we are all striving for perfection,” Harbaugh said on Friday. “We try to be as perfect as possible. It is a rather difficult standard to meet. But you try to do your best. That’s all I really have to say about it. “

The NFL has issued sharp warnings to coaches who do not wear masks on the sidelines during games, threatening to suspend and confiscate draft picks as punishment for failing to follow COVID-19 game day protocols, according to a league memo obtained Wednesday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Five head coaches – Jon Gruden of the Raiders, Sean Payton of the Saints, Vic Fangio of the Broncos, Sean McVay of the Rams and Pete Carroll of the Seahawks – have previously been fined by the league for not wearing masks on the line. touch. during the games.

In the first quarter of Monday’s game, Harbaugh was seen lowering his neck wrap while yelling in the face of linesman Mark Steinkerchner about a trip penalty on tight end Nick Boyle.

Harbaugh praised the way the Ravens had followed league mask protocol for the first three games on Wednesday, when asked about the incident with the official.

“I don’t think there is anyone better than us, me or our staff from start to finish,” said Harbaugh. “Thinking in a competitive, heated three hour environment, especially when yelling, that your mask won’t fall off for 5-10 seconds, I don’t think anyone can be held to that standard. “

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