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The NFL continues to crack down on offseason physical practices, fining Houston Texans and Washington commanders, ESPN. Dan Graziano.
Texans coach Lovie Smith has reportedly been fined $50,000 due to banned OL vs. DL 1-on-1 drills.
Commanders coach Ron Rivera was fined $100,000 for excessive contact during practice drills. The team also loses two OTA drives in 2023 as a result of the breach.
The news comes after Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy received $100,000 for physical workouts, per calvin watkin of the Dallas Morning News. The Cowboys will also lose a practice next year.
Earlier this month, the Chicago Bears were forced to cancel a practice after having live contact during their organized team activities in May.
The collective agreement ratified in 2020 included strict language on practice procedure, including limiting the number of padded practices during training camp while removing all padded practices during the regular season.
As coaches want to prepare their players for the season, the changes could help reduce injuries on the training ground.
Smith is entering his first season as Texans head coach after serving as the team’s defensive coordinator last year. He last coached an NFL team in 2015, spending five years at the college level coaching Illinois before joining the Texans.
Rivera is entering his 12th straight year as head coach, including his third in Washington. The former Carolina Panthers coach is 14-19 in two years in his current stoppage.