The NFLPA has finally come out with a semi-official statement that asked players like Tom Brady and Russell Wilson to stop conducting small, informal workouts with teammates that violate social distancing protocols. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith called on NFL players around the league to knock it off with the workout sessions, as he claims the league is still in the middle of negotiating short and long-term benefits and procedures for those who contract the COVID-19 virus.
If a player, especially a star like Brady, contracts the virus, that could set off a chain reaction of events that muddies the NFL's plan to start the season on time this year.
Brady, who has been working out constantly down in the coronavirus hotspot of central Florida with his new Buccaneer teammates, posted an FDR quote on Instagram that states, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" in response to those criticizing his decision to work out with teammates.
Well...we have to fear the virus, TB12.
Smith didn't mention anyone by name, but it was heavily hinted that he was taking a swing at bigger names like Brady and Wilson. Scratching that competitive itch is a hard thing for elite NFL players to just stop cold turkey, but Smith is urging the biggest names in the game to take a break for just a brief moment.