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NFL reminds teams to follow sideline rules on face coverings

NFL reminds teams to follow sideline rules on face coverings
NFL reminds teams to follow sideline rules on face coverings
NFL reminds teams to follow sideline rules on face coverings
NFL reminds teams to follow sideline rules on face coverings
NFL reminds teams to follow sideline rules on face coverings
Posted at 1:24 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 13:24:32-04

The NFL is reminding team personnel on the sidelines about the rules for wearing face coverings.

There were several games Sunday in which team members other than players were not using them.

Troy Vincent oversees the league's football operations.

He sent a memo to the 32 clubs on Monday saying teams "must remain vigilant" about following protocols set not only by the league, union, and clubs but by state and local governments.

Otherwise, he says, the season could be "at risk."

"We must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union, and clubs, but also by state and local governments," Vincent wrote in the memo. "The NFL-NFLPA Game Day Protocol, which reflects the advice of infectious disease experts, club medical staff, and local and state governmental regulations requires all individuals with bench area access (including coaches and members of the club medical staff) to wear face coverings at all times."

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay was caught several times on camera during Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys not wearing a face covering.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, and Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor were also spotted at times not wearing a face-covering during their games.

"Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs," Vincent said in the memo. "The face-covering must be worn as designed so that it securely fits across the wearer's nose and mouth to prevent the transmission of the virus."

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