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The National Football League on Monday not so subtly reminded all coaches that masks are required during games after a few did not wear them when the season kicked off Sunday.
In a memo to teams, obtained by ESPN, vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said non-compliance was not an option. He further noted that coaches not wearing a mask (or not wearing it properly) were highlighted on TV a number of times, such as Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay.
“The NFL-NFLPA gameday protocol, which reflects the advice of infectious disease experts, club medical staffs 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,” read the letter cited by ESPN. “Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs.”
Coaches are allowed the option of a mask, neck gaiter and/or face shield, which Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid opted for during Thursday’s game against the Houston Texans. However, the shield badly fogged up throughout the game.
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