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Report: Shanahan, Gruden could be suspended if more mask issues

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Jon Gruden and Kyle Shanahan each were fined $100,00 and their respective teams -- the Raiders and 49ers -- were fined $250,000 after their Week 2 wins for breaking NFL protocol of wearing a mask in the bench area during games. 

Both coaches reportedly appealed their fines, but if they're repeat offenders, they could face much bigger penalties in the future. 

League sources told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that "it would not be surprising if repeat offenders were subjected to fines that could double or triple." But it doesn't stop there. Sources also told La Canfora that the league could suspend repeat offenders or strip their team of a draft pick. 

"For repeat offenders, suspensions and draft pick penalties are definitely on the table," one league source said to La Canfora. "This is ridiculous. It's a total disregard for our protocols to see what some of these sidelines look like."

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This should put coaches on high alert. Gruden even 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. He, of all coaches, should be extremely cautious on the sidelines. 

The NFL warned teams and coaches after Week 1, and then handed out over $1.7 million in fines in Week 2. It's clear the league is taking its mask mandate seriously, and coaches should take notice.

 

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