Three days after the NFL Players Association recommended its constituency not hold group workouts amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in several states, Tom Brady and several of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates opted to continue on with the sessions.
The quarterback was part of a group of Buccaneers players who participated in a workout at a local high school on Tuesday. At least two dozen players were on hand at Berekley Preparatory School in Tampa, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Brady posted several photos to his Instagram story, including one of himself and tight end Rob Gronkowski, his longtime teammate on the New England Patriots who joined the Buccaneers this offseason in a trade after a one-year retirement. The photo caption read, "No excuses."
On Saturday, NFLPA medical director Thom Mayer issued a statement advising players not to work out together until the expected start of training camps in July.
"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," Mayer wrote. "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 it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences."
At least two Buccaneers players and one assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN reported Friday. The organization confirmed in a statement that multiple individuals had tested positive.
On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health announced 3,286 new cases of COVID-19. More than 25% of the state's total cases (103,503) have been confirmed in the past 10 days, and 13% of all tests within the state in the last week have been positive.