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Players are allowed to see team doctors during lockout

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 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.

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17 Responses to “Players are allowed to see team doctors during lockout”
  1. sdboltaction says: Mar 28, 2011 12:42 PM

    Is the picture some Robot Chicken characters?

  2. bfridley says: Mar 28, 2011 12:51 PM

    The real question is whether the doctors can talk to coaches… loop hole?? Relay of information?? The reason the Lions know how Stafford is doing, legally??

  3. angrycorgi says: Mar 28, 2011 12:51 PM

    Two alligators are sitting on the edge of a swamp. The small one turns to the big one and says, “I don’t understand how you can be so much bigger than I am. We’re the same age, we were the same size as kids… I just don’t get it.”
    “Well,” says the big alligator, “what have you been eating?”
    “NFLPA* lawyers, same as you,” replies the small alligator.
    “Hmm. Well, where do you catch ’em?”
    “Down at the law firm on the edge of the swamp.”
    “Same here. Hmm. How do you catch ’em?”
    “Well, I crawl under a Maybach and wait for someone to unlock the door. Then I jump out, bite ’em, shake the crap out of ’em, and eat ’em!”
    “Ah!” says the big alligator, “I think I see your problem. See, by the time you get done shakin’ the crap out of an NFLPA* lawyer, there’s nothing left but lips and a briefcase…”

  4. hthomp says: Mar 28, 2011 1:00 PM

    Owners and NFLPA need to come some type agreement. Owners don’t be greedy. Get the party started! Fans want to see some FOOTBALL.

  5. commoncents says: Mar 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    The NFLPA seems to be exposing themselves as a bunch of morons. They don’t know what they are looking for from the owners, they don’t know what they would accept and they don’t even know what pertinant info to pass to the players. i sure hope their big egos don’t cost the players games this year but i expect it will.

  6. myviewfromthepew says: Mar 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    Wonder if the above picture is the Bengals medical team that said Antonio Bryant was healthy?

  7. chapnastier says: Mar 28, 2011 1:05 PM

    More lies from the union proved yet again!

  8. 44kyle says: Mar 28, 2011 1:07 PM

    As much as the doctor-patient relationship has been eroded by the lawyers and insurance companies, it still carries some clout, thank God! (I’m a doc)

  9. sdboltaction says: Mar 28, 2011 1:13 PM


    With status updates from twitter and sitonmyfacebook, all the coaches and training staff have to do is subscribe to their player and have them do daily updates. Boom!

  10. jnbnet says: Mar 28, 2011 1:15 PM

    angrycorgi says:
    Mar 28, 2011 12:51 PM
    Two alligators are sitting on the edge of a swamp.

    That one is so old…the last time I heard it, I fell off my AFL bleacher seat.
    but it is still true

  11. bluvayner says: Mar 28, 2011 1:22 PM

    My guess is that they would be allowed to see team doctors who have treated them for a previous injury or surgery, but not for any new illness or injury.

    It would be stupid for the league to not allow a player to consult the doctor who operated on his knee, and it would probably put the doctor in an ethical dilemma.

  12. smacklayer says: Mar 28, 2011 1:24 PM

    Seem like the owners are always 1 step ahead of the nflpa, both from a PR standpoint and a legal standpoint. Palyers should be very concerned that owners have been planning this for year and it seems like the nflpa is just now trying to figure stuff out as they go.

  13. dccowboy says: Mar 28, 2011 2:11 PM

    It is easy to get around the rules about contact between players and trainers.

    I’d bet that the ‘rules’ forbid direct contact by the teams strength & conditioning staff with players, but there isn’t a thing that says the S&T team guys can’t talk with a players personal trainer and feed him exercises and monitor progress that way.

    Stupid rule.

  14. endzonezombie says: Mar 28, 2011 2:26 PM

    Until PFT hears the confirmation directly from the league/Greg Aiello, it is still a rumor. Two sources = confirmation.

  15. upperdecker19 says: Mar 28, 2011 2:35 PM

    Doctors have an ethical/professional obligation to continue treatments, etc. with existing patients. The question is….who’s paying?

  16. bucfandango says: Mar 28, 2011 2:41 PM

    Leave it to the Patriots to be the first to jump through this loophole. The only catch is that all visits have to be video taped.

  17. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 28, 2011 4:20 PM

    Just give the doctors a list of questions to ask the players that they can’t ask themselves.

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