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Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera became the second coach to be fined $100,000 by the NFL in 2022 for letting his players violate no-contact r


Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera became the second coach to be fined $100,000 by the NFL in 2022 for letting his players violate no-contact rules at practice.

The league also announced Friday that in addition to Rivera’s suspension, the Commanders will miss two practices during the 2023 offseason.

On Thursday, Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy received an identical sanction for the same reason. Unlike Washington, the Cowboys only missed one practice for next year’s offseason.

McCarthy racks up fines in consecutive years for breaking rules during preseason practices. In 2021, the penalty he received was $50,000; the Cowboys were fined $100,000.

In addition to the coaches from Washington and Dallas, in May, the Chicago Bears, led by Matt Eberflus, were sanctioned with the loss of a practice, also for violating the no-hitting rules.

Teams are restricted in the amount of contact players can have during offseason workouts; the NFL and the NFL Players Association monitor practices for excessive physical activity.

The ban on direct contact seeks to reduce the number of concussions among soccer players.

According to NFL data, in the first two weeks of practice there is a high intensity of collisions between the heads of the players that cause an average of up to 30 concussions per year.

For these reasons the league announced from this year the mandatory use of “Guardian caps”.

These padded covers for offensive and defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers should be used from the second week of practice through the run-up to the second preseason game in mid-August.

The league’s offseason practices are divided into three stages. In the first, teams are limited to strength, conditioning, and physical rehabilitation activities.

For the second, on-field training is allowed, but without contact or offensive-on-offensive drills.

In the third the teams can carry out exercises of seven against seven, nine against seven and 11 against 11.

The first two weeks of June includes mandatory veterans workouts, also non-contact.