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Raiders coach Jon Gruden says he had coronavirus

Gruden knows wearing a mask is important

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders
Jon Gruden
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden told reporters after the Raiders’ 34-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night that he had the coronavirus and he knows wearing his mask is important, although it has been a challenge for him at times early in the season.

Gruden didn’t give any details about when he had the coronavirus. There was a report in the summer that Gruden tricked the team into thinking he had COVID-19 at the beginning of training camp to illustrate how serious it is. Gruden denied it.


Gruden has often talked about the importance of dealing with the pandemic. After a Week 1 win at Carolina, Gruden said he needed to do a better job of wearing a mask on the sidelines.

Then on Monday night during the Raiders-Saints game, it was reported that three NFL coaches have been fined $100,000 and their team have been fined $250,000 for mask infractions on Sunday.