Sport Fan allowed to attend more than half of Week 6 games
NFL implements COVID policy changes; Raiders players fined
In response to the growing number of positive COVID-19 tests around the league, the NFL is taking action. In a call with all 32 teams the league office laid out a slew of new policy changes, and sternly warned teams about the consequences of not following them. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports In the memo recapping the call, which you can read courtesy of this tweet from Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, they laid out some new protocols.
By Amy Tennery
(Reuters) - For the first time this season more than half of this weekend's NFL games will welcome fans, the league said on Saturday as it carries out its 2020 campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nine of the 14 Week 6 National Football League (NFL) games will permit fans, while 18 of the 32 teams across the league have been approved to welcome ticket holders, a spokesman confirmed.
NFL fines Raiders players for COVID violation at charity event
After already fining the Las Vegas Raiders twice for COVID-19 violations, the NFL is now imposing discipline on multiple Raiders’ players for attending teammate Darren Waller’s charity event without masks. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The league launched an investigation last week after multiple Raiders’ players, including quarterback Derek Carr, were photographed without masks at The Darren Waller Foundation charity event in Henderson, Nev. On Monday, the NFL levied fines against all players who were at the fundraiser without masks.
The NFL was forced to shuffle its schedule earlier this week due to positive COVID-19 tests among players and personnel, and ramped up its safety protocols earlier this month, as the pandemic forced the cancellation of the pre-season and the annual Pro Bowl game.
The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday reporting 8,028,332 total infections and 217,918 deaths.
In an effort to keep its season on track, the NFL recently escalated potential punishments for teams found flouting its coronavirus prevention measures, including the possible forfeiture of games.
A handful of coaches were fined after appearing on the sidelines of Week 2 games without proper face coverings. Their affiliated teams also received fines.
Will there be fans at NFL games in 2020? Team-by-team attendance & ticket policies during COVID-19
The NFL is allowing each of its 32 teams and local lawmakers to determine whether fans can attend football games amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a team-by-team breakdown, updated with the latest news."I think it's honestly ridiculous that there will be, on the surface, what appears to be a playing field that's like that — inconsistently across the league with the different away stadiums," McDermott told media members on Aug. 24.
But the league has largely left it up to the discretion of individual teams - and their local and state lawmakers - whether to permit fans on gamedays.
Teams have slowly reopened their doors. The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Tuesday that it would allow 7,500 people inside its 70,000-capacity stadium for Sunday's showdown against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who take on rival Cleveland Browns Sunday, had reopened to fans earlier this month after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf earlier this month eased restrictions on public gatherings in the state.
The Carolina Panthers, the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Tennessee Titans, the Miami Dolphins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys are the remaining teams that will welcome spectators in Week 6, the league said.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
49ers CB Richard Sherman unlikely to return until Week 12 .
Kyle Shanahan provided a bleak update on Richard Sherman‘s availability Wednesday.Shanahan said the Pro Bowl cornerback is not expected to return until after the 49ers’ bye week, per NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan. This would put Sherman’s return date in Week 12 — a Nov. 29 rematch with the Rams. Sherman has been on IR since Week 2 because of a calf injury.