The rules of the lockout are so confusing, even the NFLPA* doesn’t seem to have a great grasp on the rules currently governing NFL players.
Tom Curran of CSNNE.com points out that the former union’s website says very clearly that “Players and agents cannot talk to coaches, team PR, team doctors, etc.”
Apparently, that’s not true. Curran spoke with NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, who confirmed that players are free to meet with team doctors — as long as they are away from the team facility. Trainers are also allowed to get information from the doctors about the reports.
Curran started down this particular rabbit hole after reading a profile on Patriots team doctor Thomas J. Gill, who was in the middle of treating a Patriots player.
So clearly some players know that they can see team doctors. The NFLPA* should make sure everyone else knows too.