When it comes to game-day pandemic protocols, the NFL can (and will) take action when the rules are broken. When it comes to off-site violations, the teams have the ability to take action.
The first significant incident along these lines has happened in Las Vegas. Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn’t like the fact that multiple players attended an event in apparent violation of the agreed NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols. The question now becomes whether Davis will impose discipline on the players who violated the rules.
The NFL’s position on the situation seems clear: It’s up to the team to address situations like this, via fines or suspensions for conduct detrimental to the team. Although individual teams can be disciplined by the league for failing to discipline certain non-players who break the rules regarding off-site behavior, the protocols contain no similar power to punish teams that choose not to punish players for doing things they shouldn’t do when not at work.