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Buccaneers’ Tom Brady joined by Pro Bowl receiver in another workout despite NFLPA coronavirus advisory

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For the second time this week, Tom Brady and some of his Buccaneers teammates have decided to hold a private workout together despite an advisory that was sent out by the NFLPA over the weekend that asked players to stop holding private workouts together. The Buccaneers’ first workout, which was organized by the players and not by the team, came on Tuesday when Brady and at least nine of his teammates showed up to a local high school in Tampa to hold practice. According to ESPN, the players that showed up for Tuesday’s session were Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Mike Edwards, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin and Ryan Jensen.

The second workout of the week took place on Thursday morning, and this time, the Buccaneers added at least one player in the form of Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans. For the first time this offseason, Evans was on hand to catch passes from his new quarterback. 

As you can see below, there were at least 12 player in attendance for Thursday’s workout, including Brady, Gronk and Evans. 

As you can also see, the players aren’t really doing a very good job of social distancing, which is a big reason the NFLPA issued an advisory in the first place. If you’re practicing with a teammate, you’re likely going to be in close proximity with that teammate, which makes transmission of the virus more likely. The advisory was also issued due to a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases around the country. 

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NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer sent the message below on Saturday: 

“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts. Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months. We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that this is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences.”

The NFL would like to see every player follow these guidelines, including star players like Brady. 

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“Everyone associated with the NFL should follow the recommendations and guidelines of state and local authorities and medical experts, including the NFLPA,” an NFL spokesman told ESPN this week. “The league is working with the NFLPA to conclude the remaining protocols and finalize arrangements for the safe opening of training camps next month.”

Not only does Brady not seem interested in following the guidelines, but it almost seems like he’s flaunting the fact that he’s not following them. After each of his workouts this week, Brady has put up a message on Instagram. 

So what was Thursday’s message

“Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

The Buccaneers have already have two players and one assistant coach test positive for the virus, making them one of at least 10 teams that have dealt with at least one case of the virus this offseason. It’s not unheard of for a player to come down with the virus after a private workout. Multiple 49ers players held a private workout in Nashville last week, and during that session, at least one player ended up testing positive for the virus

Brady and his teammates have been working out together since at least May, and if you’re wondering how Brady has looked so far, you can click here to check out the comments that were recently made by one of his new teammates in Tampa. 

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