Goodell: Forfeits possible for NFL virus protocol violations

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has warned the league’s 32 teams of penalties including potential forfeits of games for violations of COVID-19 protocols that force changes in the regular-season schedule.

Goodell wrote in the memo obtained by The Associated Press that “compliance is mandatory” and that teams need to recommit to protocols and best practices for the duration of the season.

The NFL was forced to reschedule Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Titans when Tennessee had the league’s first coronavirus outbreak, which has affected 20 organization members, including 10 players. That game was moved to Week 7, causing adjustments that also impacted the Baltimore Ravens.