Gru­den, Pay­ton fined for not wear­ing masks.

San Francisco Chronicle - - SPORTING GREEN -

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.

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