dangolka (CBS) — Invoice Belichick had not one, however two masks on throughout Monday night time’s Patriots loss to the Chiefs. That was in all probability a smart transfer given the COVID-19 scenario that New England is presently navigating via, with beginning quarterback Cam Newton testing constructive for the virus over the weekend.
However as the top coach defined on Tuesday, Monday night time’s double masks transfer has nothing to do together with his issues over COVID-19.
“Principally, that’s what we’ve been instructed to do,” Belichick informed reporters on a video convention name Tuesday afternoon.
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The top coach’s newest style assertion doesn’t must do together with his age (68) placing him in a high-risk class or the truth that Newton examined constructive for COVID-19 over the weekend. He’s merely following the NFL’s guidelines, which the league defined to all 32 groups in a convention name on Monday afternoon.
The NFL is beginning to take the COVID matter extraordinarily severely, after the Tennessee Titans skilled an outbreak of their locker room and the league needed to postpone their Week four sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots themselves noticed their sport in opposition to Kansas Metropolis transfer from Sunday to Monday after Newton’s constructive check on Saturday morning.
The NFL is now threatening some hefty sanctions to groups that don’t observe the league’s protocols, which might embody forfeiting video games. With the NFL reportedly already launching an investigation to see if the Patriots adopted all protocols main as much as Newton’s constructive check, Belichick isn’t going to take any dangers relating to league punishments. Therefore the 2 masks on Monday.
Or, the coach went above and past Monday night time as a approach of mocking the NFL, as Professional Soccer Speak’s Mike Florio pontificated on Tuesday. You resolve.