Dallas Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy Fined $100K For ‘Physical’ OTA Practice

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The NFL announced on Thursday that they are fining Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy $100,000 for infringing OTA rules that restrict too much contact during the offseason sessions. Dallas will also lose an OTA practice in 2023 as a result.

On June 2, McCarthy was fined for the same offense, first costing the coach $50,000. Dallas’ practice was flagged for “live contact violations” after the League got ahold of practice footage showing ramped-up contact from the Cowboys players during 11-on-11 drills.

“The letter reminds the Cowboys that when on-field physical contact between players escalates to an ‘impermissible level,’ the head coach is obligated to intervene and stop the action. Coaches are also urged to remove ‘overly enthusiastic’ players from the field for individual instruction,” the NFL stated.

Chicago Bear coach Matt Eberflus was also fined this offseason for hosting physical OTAs.

Last offseason, the Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars were punished by the League for violating the contact rule. McCarthy was fined $100,000; Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was penalized $50,000; and Jaguars coach Urban Meyer was fined $200,000.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.

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