The NFL and NFLPA are investigating potential violations by the Las Vegas Raiders. According to a person familiar with the review, it is believed that Trent Brown did not wear his tracking device as required and there is a video showing improper gatherings of the team’s offensive linemen without masks in the team facility.
Brown was put on the Raiders’ Covid-19 reserve list last week after allegedly testing positive for the coronavirus. Four other launch offensive linemen and security officer Johnathan Abram were placed on the Covid-19 reserve list after being identified as high-risk, close contacts that required five days of isolation. As a precaution, the NFL has removed the Raiders-Buccaneers game from the time slot on Sunday evening.
The game was played on Sunday afternoon and the four linemen who had close contacts were eligible to play. Abram missed the game because his isolation lasted until Sunday. The Raiders had no additional positive test results during the week.
Any fine by the Raiders could be more severe if the team is considered repeat offenders. Coach Jon Gruden, the team and a number of Raiders players have already been fined for protocol violations related to wearing masks and unauthorized access to the locker room.
The NFL was in contact with the New York Giants, according to someone familiar with the situation, when the team was investigating a video allegedly showing quarterback Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley walking back in a bar in Manhattan on Friday night without a mask.
Players would be fined if it was found that there were violations of the league’s coronavirus protocols, according to the person who said the Giants could impose discipline if warranted or the league could intervene.
According to reports, Jones and Barkley went to dinner with teammates and friends in a private room of a restaurant and were then invited to a bar closed to the public. The video was reportedly recorded there and posted on social media. Barkley is out at the end of the season with a knee injury.
The Giants played Thursday night and lost in Philadelphia. They won’t play again until November 2nd, a Monday night game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ
The NFL previously fined Darren Waller and other Raiders players for being maskless at a charity event hosted by Waller in violation of state health guidelines.