The opening weekend of the NFL kicked off without any complications from the global coronavirus pandemic, and the league wants to keep it that way. The NFL sent a memo to remind all personnel that they must wear a face mask at all times while on the sidelines.
The memo, sent by Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, warned teams that anybody who violates the mask policy could face discipline.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that he believes the memo was directed at him. During Sunday night's nationally televised game between the Rams and the Dallas Cowboys, McVay was seen wearing his mask around his neck and under his chin.
"I figured that memo was directed at me," McVay said. "I've got to do a better job about that, so moving forward, there will be a conscious effort to do that."
The memo didn't mention McVay by name but did state that masks must cover the entire face.
"Wearing a mask does not mean using it as a chin strap or hanging it from one's neck. The face-covering must be worn as designed so that it securely fits across the wearer's nose and mouth to prevent the transmission of the virus."
McVay vowed to cover his face when he is on the sidelines in Philadelphia for the Rams' next matchup, which is against the Eagles.
"I might even try one of the gaiters or whatever. I don't know," McVay said. "I just know I've been getting blasted all day about it, so I just love it. No, but you know, I will do better. I know I was definitely one of the main culprits of not following what the league wants, and I will definitely be aware of that and do better next week."
The memo didn't state what type of punishment the league would hand out for anybody who fails to properly wear a mask during the second week of the NFL season.
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