Report: Shanahan, Gruden appeal fines for COVID-19 mask rules

49ers' Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Shanahan, Jon Gruden and every other coach who has been fined for not properly wearing a face mask in the bench area have appealed their punishments, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning. 

Shanahan and Gruden were each fined $100,000 after the 49ers and Raiders' Week 2 wins. The 49ers and Raiders also were each fined $250,000 as a team. Over $1.7 million in fines were handed out, and the coaches' appeals will be heard this upcoming week. 

Shanahan said Wednesday that he was disappointed by the fine, but "the biggest disappointment was, I think our organization has taken this stuff very seriously.”

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Gruden actually revealed to the Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald after the Raiders' win Monday night that he tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-July.

"I’m doing my best," Gruden told reporters last week, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. "I’ve had the virus. I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it ... I’m calling plays. I just wanna communicate in these situations and if I get fined I’ll have to pay the fine but I’m very sensitive about that and I apologize."

It seems Gruden has changed his course on paying the fine, and it will be interesting to see how diligent he, Shanahan and every other coach is with their masks during Week 3.

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