Despite urgings from the NFLPA, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are practicing even though two Tampa Bay players and a member of the coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, per the Tampa Bay Times.
While NFL organizations have reopened facilities, players have not yet been cleared to practice at team facilities, further complicating the situation. Brady led fellow teammates in a workout at Berkeley Preparatory School. This seems ill advised for a multitude of reasons, including Florida’s surging cases of coronavirus and the NFLPA’s warning against private workouts together.
“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,” NFLPA Dr. Thom Mayer said, via ESPN. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.”
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady was flanked by Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Mike Edwards, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin and Ryan Jensen.
This upcoming season, Brady’s first in Tampa Bay, could be the twilight of Brady’s career, meaning wanting to acclimate to new teammates in a new system is paramount to success. So, it’s unsurprising that Brady and Co. want to get on the same page and quick. Still, for an organization dealing with coronavirus issues of its own, Bucs players practicing together seems to be a case of willful ignorance.
Well, maybe Brady has the utmost trust in the TB12 method to ward off COVID-19.