Gruden, Payton fined for not wearing masks.
Two more NFL head coaches and their teams have been fined for not wearing masks on the sideline.
A person with knowledge of the punishment said Tuesday that Jon Gruden of the Raiders and Sean Payton of the Saints were each fined $100,000 for not wearing masks on the sideline Monday night.
The teams also were fined $250,000 for the infractions. The league already handed out similar punishments to the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, Denver’s Vic Fangio and Seattle’s Pete Carroll and their teams from Sunday’s games.
Gruden apologized after the game for failing to wear his mask and also acknowledged for the first time that he had the coronavirus during the offseason.
“I don’t want to get into it really,” he said Tuesday. “It wasn’t pleasant. It was reported that I made up that I had the virus and it really ticked me off, because I would never do something like that. But it’s a very serious matter, and obviously, I’m sensitive about it. It was a tough deal, that’s for sure, just like everybody else that’s had it.”
Payton also had the coronavirus this offseason.
Denver reportedly is in the process of adding free agent Blake Bortles to serve as its backup quarterback. The sixyear veteran is going through the COVID19 protocols after agreeing to a oneyear deal. Brett Rypien is expected to serve as Jeff Driskel’s backup Sunday when the Broncos (02) host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (11). Starter Drew Lock is expected to miss three to five weeks with a bruised rotator cuff . ... The Jets signed wide receiver Josh Malone to the active roster after he was elevated from the practice squad for the first two games.