Titans fined at least $ 300,000 for COVID-19 violations, Raiders could be next

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The Tennessee Titans are set to receive a six-figure fine this week for violations of the COVID-19 protocol – the result of a review by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, which have now turned their attention to the breaches surrounding several positive cases of COVID with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Sources say the Titans should be fined $ 300,000 or $ 350,000 for their offenses, which included instances of non-compliance with mask-wearing requirements, as well as insufficient clear communication regarding training. outside the establishment. No individual – including Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel – will face the discipline. And despite 24 positive COVID cases that have contributed to multiple disruptions to the league’s schedule, the Titans have avoided tougher penalties the league has threatened in appeals and memos to clubs, such as confiscations or lost picks. in the draft.

The Titans cooperated fully with the review, providing documents and videos and helping to facilitate interviews, by source. The review also found that the club spent significant time and resources to comply with COVID-19 protocols during the offseason and have since made additional changes to the facility. The league sent the team the results on Monday.

On the same day, the Raiders placed rookie cornerback Damon Arnette on the reserve / COVID-19 list after testing positive over the weekend. Then, on Wednesday morning, the Raiders learned that good tackle Trent Brown had also tested positive, setting up a contact tracing expedition that resulted in the remaining four starting offensive linemen being kept out of the way. training all week and safety Johnathan Abram has been ruled out for today. game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Raiders are now in line for potential discipline after the NFL and NFLPA found that Brown did not consistently wear his Kinexon contact tracing device and that he and the other starting offensive linemen had gathered without blankets facial features during training, although these are necessary because the team is in the league’s extra intensive protocols.

If the Raiders are penalized, theirs could be tougher than most due to their past history. The Raiders organization was fined $ 250,000 for head coach Jon Gruden not wearing a mask on the sideline and $ 50,000 for an unauthorized person in his post-game locker room, while that several players were fined for not wearing masks at an indoor charity event.

Center Rodney Hudson, guards Gabe Jackson and Denzelle Good and left tackle Kolton Miller were activated from the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Saturday and will be allowed to play against the Bucs if their latest COVID test results come back negative on Sunday morning. Their last exposure to Brown was on Monday, making Sunday the sixth day and allowing them to clarify protocols. According to a source, Abram went out to buy shoes with Brown on Tuesday – a quick visit to a store that was closed to the public, but enough for NFL medical experts to consider it close contact and rule it out.

These are the key questions the NFL / NFLPA is probing the Raiders: Were the problems something a coach or executive could have controlled? If people were not wearing masks in the field, who could have corrected the behavior? And were there other protocol violations that were not previously known? All key people – including those involved – are interviewed for details.

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