Report: Raiders might have violated COVID-19 access protocol


Jon Gruden and the Raiders reportedly could have more punishment coming related to the NFL’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Gruden and the organization each were handed six-figure fines last week for not adhering to the league’s mask-wearing regulations. Now, the NFL is investigating whether an unauthorized team employee eluded security and entered the Raiders’  locker room after the team’s win over the New Orleans Saints on “Monday Night Football,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing league sources.

For the 2020 season, the NFL only is allowing 40 employees from each organization to have locker room access per league policy. The only approved employees are “coaching staff, the athletic training staff, the equipment staff, the general manager, one member of team security and one member of the team's public relations/communications department.”

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Schefter reported that the “league believes there's evidence that a non-credentialed person eluded the security checkpoints to enter the Raiders' locker room Monday night, according to sources, and is now closely studying the incident and determining whether discipline is warranted.”

The Raiders might be off to a strong start on the field, but this potentially could be another costly violation of the league’s protocol, if it turns out to be true.