The team would also face fines from the NFL
It is expected that Carolina Panthers players who violated COVID-19 protocols during the bye week are fined at least 10,000, a league source told ESPN.
On Monday, the team placed eight players on the reserve /COVID-19: wide receivers DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel; defensive tackles Derrick Browns and Zach Kerr; linebacker Shaq Thompson; the tackle Greg Little; punter Michael Palardy (also on injured reserve) and catcher Ishmael Hyman (practice squad / COVID-19).
Some of those players gathered outside of the team’s facilities. The NFL and NFLPA COVID-19 protocols state that players are prohibited from gathering off the premises or traveling as a team. All parties are reminded that violations can lead to sanctions.
The Panthers worked with the NFL this week to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the players were able to practice before Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Six of the players on the reserve list have been activated and are ready to play. Moore and Kerr remain on the list.
The Panthers could face penalties from the NFL. Last month, the league fined Las Vegas Raiders and the New Orleans Saints with $ 500,000 each team and stripped them of the sixth and seventh round selections, respectively, for breaking protocol. The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans they face fines of 350,000 for violations, but they did not lose draft picks. The NFL typically reviews a team’s protocols each time two or more players enter the reserve / COVID-19 roster.
Carolina is not the first to fine players for COVID-19. Last week, Broncos coach Vic Fangio announced that his four quarterbacks, Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, Jeff Driskel and Blake Bortless, would be fined for not wearing masks on the premises. The protocol breach left Denver without a nominal quarterback for Week 12.
Players will be able to appeal their fines.