As for pandemic protocols for the day of the game, the NFL can (and will) take action in violation of the rules. As for off-site violations, teams have the ability to take action.
The first significant incident in this direction occurred in Las Vegas. Raider owner Mark Davis disliked the fact that many players attended an event in clear violation of the agreed NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols. The question now is whether Davis will impose discipline on players who break the rules.
The NFL’s position on the situation seems clear: It is up to the team to deal with situations such as fines or suspensions for behavior harmful to the team. Although individual teams may be disciplined by the league for not disciplining certain non-players who violate the rules regarding off-field behavior, the protocols do not contain such force to punish teams that choose not to punish players for doing so, that you shouldn’t when he’s not at work.
So it’s up to the Raiders to decide whether to punish the various players (including quarterback Derek Carr) for “[a]monitoring an event that is prohibited by state and / or local regulations, an enforcement order, or a law enforced due to Covid-19. “
It was believed / feared that young players at the bottom of the depth chart posed the greatest risk for off-duty behavior that would break the rules. With the starting quarterback among those who broke the rules in Las Vegas, will the Raiders beat them all equally? Will some (like Carr) get a pass? Or, in the interest of consistency, will the Raiders simply warn them all not to punish Carr?
Whatever the decision, it’s a terrible sight for Raiders and Carr. As an initial quarterback, he had to know better than to do anything but go straight home and stay there on Monday night (or every night).
This is also a bad reflection, to be honest, for coach Jon Gruden. Whatever he did to impress Carr and the other players on how important it was to follow off-duty rules, Gruden didn’t do enough. Otherwise, what happened on Monday night would not have happened at all.
Given Grudon’s $ 100,000 fine for not wearing a mask, investigating whether the team allowed an unauthorized person into the locker room after a second-week victory over New Orleans and this latest indiscretion, it’s hard not to wonder if the rude talk Gruden’s beating of COVID-19 was just that – a conversation – without a burning desire to do whatever it took to keep all members of the organization from catching the virus.