New Orleans Saints penalized $700K, draft pick over COVID-19 violations

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton takes off his mask to yell to his players in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints will lose their sixth-round draft pick in 2022 and pay a $700,000 fine for violating COVID-19 rules during the 2020 season, the NFL said Saturday.

The Saints now are well over the $1 million mark in fines for COVID issues.

After Week 2, the NFL assessed coach Sean Payton $100,000 and fined the Saints $250,000 for Payton’s failure to properly wear a mask. New Orleans later was fined $500,000 after celebrating a 38-3 win over Tampa Bay in Week 9 while not wearing face coverings.

The Saints will not lose a 2021 seventh-round pick for the Week 9 incident as was previously reported.

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–Field Level Media