Carolina Panthers fining players who broke COVID-19 protocols


The Carolina Panthers are fining players who broke COVID-19 protocol rules during their bye week at least $10,000, ESPN reported Saturday.

The team placed eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday: wide receivers D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, defensive tackles Derrick Brown and Zach Kerr, linebacker Shaq Thompson, tackle Greg Little, punter Michael Palardy and practice squad wideout Ishmael Hyman.

Some of those players reportedly gathered outside of the team facility, contrary to NFL and NFLPA protocols.

Six of the players have been activated and are set to play Sunday when the Panthers (4-8) host the Denver Broncos (4-8). Moore and Kerr remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Carolina is not the first team to issue fines over coronavirus concerns.

Last week, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said all four of the team’s quarterbacks would be fined for not wearing masks at the team facility. That protocol violation left Denver without a quarterback for its Week 12 loss against the New Orleans Saints.