NFL Cheerleaders, Mascots Won't Be Allowed on Field During 2020 Season

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 19, 2020

Team mascots pose on the sideline before the NFL Pro Bowl football game between the AFC and the NFC Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Some NFL teams are exploring the possibility of having fans in the stands in 2020, but two things that will be missing from the sidelines this season will be cheerleaders and mascots. 

Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the updated health protocols from the NFL and NFL Players Association won't allow for cheerleaders or mascots to be on the field. 

Pelissero also noted pregame television reporters and network sideline reporters are also prohibited from being on the field.

Teams are being allowed to decide if they will let fans in the stands this season, as long as they are following state and local health guidelines related to the pandemic. 

Per Katie Richcreek of the Action Network, 11 teams have announced they won't allow fans in the stands for at least their first home game of the regular season. 

Among them, the Las Vegas Raiders and Washington Football Team are the only two that have ruled out having fans for the entire season. The Chicago Bears, New York Jets and New York Giants won't allow fans until further notice.

The Baltimore Ravens are awaiting approval from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to host 7,500 fans at M&T Bank Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday they will allow 22 percent capacity at Arrowhead Stadium for their Sept. 10 season opener against the Houston Texans.

The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars are planning to have 25 percent fan capacity at their home stadiums. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have plans to allow fans in the stands, but neither team has announced capacity limits.