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Silver Minings: Jon Gruden appeals face-mask fine

Raiders’ coach appeared to do better with his face covering in Week 3 against the Patriots

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Jon Gruden and four other NFL head coaches are reportedly looking to get their huge fine for not following NFL coronavirus guidelines in Week 2 overturned.

The NFL Network reported that Gruden, New Orleans’ coach Sean Payton, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan, Seattle’s Pete Carroll and Denver’s Vic Fangio will appeal their $100,00 fines they all received after not properly wearing their face masks in Week 2. Their respective teams were all fined $250,000. The appeals are supposed to be heard this week.

Gruden apologized for not wearing his mask properly after the Raiders beat the Saints in Week 2 and he acknowledged that he had the coronavirus in July. He said he is sensitive to the issue.

In a loss to the Patriots on Sunday, it appeared that Gruden did a much better job of wearing his mask. Perhaps that will serve him some good behavior brownie points during his appeal.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • More coronavirus issues: ESPN reported the NFL is investigating whether the Raiders broke coronavirus guidelines in Week 2.
  • Week 3 review: The Las Vegas Review Journal broke down the loss to the Patriots.
  • Making history: Raiders’ quarterback is one touchdown pass from tying Hall of Famer Kenny Stabler for the most in team history.
  • Clelin Ferrell not bringing heat: 2019 No. 4 overall draft pick Clelin Ferrell is not making an impact as a pass-rusher.
  • More snaps for Hurst: Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is getting more time on the field.