Tom Brady seems to have a message for those who criticize him for working with his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates as coronavirus cases escalate in Florida and the NFLPA warns players against training.
Brady used a quote from former President Franklin D. Roosevelt to twist his nose at the noise around his sessions.
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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – FDR, “Brady wrote on an Instagram story.
Brady’s recent training has arrived as Florida sees a spike in coronavirus cases. Just Thursday, Florida health officials reported more than 5,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 46 additional deaths. It was the second highest total on a day.
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NFL medical director Dr. Allen Sills told ESPN on Thursday that the union and the NFL are together when it comes to reducing the risk of contracting the virus.
“The NFLPA and the NFL are in exactly the same place, which is to say that we want everything that makes the environment as safe as possible for all of our constituents, be they players, coaches, coaches, medical personnel . [or] anyone in this team environment, “said Sills. “We are going to work very hard to educate everyone on the steps that we think will be most effective in reducing risk for everyone.”
“Again, it’s about reducing the risk and trying to mitigate the risk. We know we cannot eliminate the risk. We will work a lot hand in hand with the players’ association. This is where everyone in this team environment will share the same risks, but they will also share the same responsibilities with each other, which means that everyone will depend on all the other members of this team environment. team, to do the best they can to implement these measures and keep them and their household members safe as much as possible during the season. ”
Dr. Thom Mayer, the union’s chief medical director, sent a memo to players earlier this week urging them to stop doing private training, according to NFL.com.
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“Please note that according to our consensus medical opinion, in light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in some states, no player should be hired to practice together in private training. Our goal is to have all the players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months, “he wrote. “We are working on the best mitigation procedures in team facilities for training camps and the upcoming season, and we believe it is in the best interests of all players that we discourage any joint practice volunteer before the start of training camp. ”
The Buccaneers also tested some members of the organization positive for the coronavirus.