Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers are the latest to be penalized by the NFL for mask violations.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the NFL fined Tomlin $100,000 and the team $250,000 for not wearing masks during the Steelers’ win over the Ravens last Sunday.
Pittsburgh won the game on Nov. 1, 28-24. They remain the league’s only undefeated team at 7-0.
The fine is yet another sign that the league is taking the masking-wearing policy very seriously amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
More fines for more mask violations: NFL fined Steelers’ HC Mike Tomlin $100,000 and the team $250,000 for not wearing masks during win over the Ravens, sources tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/VHSLy9zINM
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 6, 2020
The Steelers and Tomlin weren’t the only ones to get hit with a stern punishment this week.
On Thursday night, the NFL announced that the Las Vegas Raiders would be fined $500,000 and head coach Jon Gruden would also be fined $150,000. Most importantly for the team, the league will strip the Raiders of a 6th round draft pick because of COVID-19 protocol violations. Specifically, the league mentioned the handling of offensive tackle Trent Brown’s positive test as a primary reason for the punishment.
According to the league, the extensive penalty was also a result of being a “repeat offender.”
Sources: #NFL will fine the Las Vegas #Raiders $500,000 & coach Jon Gruden $150,000 and strip the team of a 6th round draft pick for COVID-19 protocol violations related to OT Trent Brown’s positive test in late October. Escalated fines/pick were due to being a “repeat offender”.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) November 6, 2020
While the league clearly deemed the Steelers violations to be less severe, it looks like Pittsburgh might be on the verge of a much stiffer punishment.
Mike Tomlin and the Steelers take on the Dallas Cowboys at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.