Several NFL players skipping workouts

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers players announced they are shunning in-person voluntary offseason workouts because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Players on other teams were expected to follow suit.

“We find ourselves still in the midst of a pandemic with no comprehensive plan to keep players as safe as possible, yet teams are pressuring players to attend voluntary workouts,” that begin next week, tweeted DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association.

“The union has advised players that given the continued risk of exposure and the goal of a full 2021 NFL season, that they should not attend these voluntary workouts,” Smith added. “It is every player’s decision, but our advice is to continue to use an abundance of caution given the current environment.”

By Paul Wager