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AP Source: NFL Fines 3 Coaches, Clubs For Unmasked Coaches

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) after wide receiver DK Metcalf scored a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) after wide receiver DK Metcalf scored a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A person with knowledge of the punishment tells The Associated Press that at least three NFL head coaches have been fined $100,000 for violating the leagues rules that they wear face coverings on the sideline.

A person with knowledge of the punishment tells The Associated Press that at least three NFL head coaches have been fined $100,000 for violating the leagues rules that they wear face coverings on the sideline.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league wasnt announcing specific fines, said Denvers Vic Fangio, San Franciscos Kyle Shanahan and Seattles Pete Carroll were each docked $100,000. Their teams were fined $250,000 each.

More fines could be coming as several other coaches violated the league’s rules requiring coaches to wear coverings over their mouths and noses at all times. Players are exempt from these protocols.

Among the violators were Patriots coach Bill Belichick and both coaches in Monday night’s game, Jon Gruden of the Raiders and Sean Payton of the Saints.

Gruden wore his face mask like a chin strap and Payton wore his gaiter like a turtleneck.

The punishments come a week after the NFL warned all 32 teams in a memo about following the rules for wearing face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic lest they put the NFL season at risk.

If the fines, which were earlier reported by ESPN and NFL Network, prove ineffective, the league could hand out stronger discipline.

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AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report.

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