Tom Brady still leading Bucs workouts despite NFLPA warning

AP

Even though the NFLPA has advised players to stop group workouts before training camp.

Tom Brady‘s leading one anyway.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brady led at least a dozen players through a workout at a private school in Tampa Tuesday morning.

At least two Bucs players and an assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 already, at a time when infections are hitting new highs in Florida. The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning have closed the team facility after positive tests, the Phillies closed their spring training facility in nearby Clearwater after an outbreak there, and women’s soccer’s Orlando Pride has backed out of the NWSL tournament because of multiple players contracting the virus.

Brady led teammates through a two-hour workout which started around 7 a.m. The workout included defensive backs Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, and Mike Edwards, along with receivers Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin, and center Ryan Jensen were also there Tuesday.

“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,” Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA medical director, said in an email to all players. “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.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has taken part in a local campaign to curb the spread of the virus, but apparently his new quarterback didn’t get the message.

71 responses to “Tom Brady still leading Bucs workouts despite NFLPA warning

  1. COVID-19 is spiking in Florida. Under the circumstances this is near-criminal negligance and reckless disregard.

  2. So now we are back to gatherings are bad?
    It’s hard to keep up. Tom Brady just needs to break some nearby store windows, maybe light a few buildings on fire, and call it a protest, and the media will be completely fine with this.

  3. Wealthy stars like to believe they are above everything, untouchable as compared to the common man, covid 19 will straighten that delusional thinking out and fast.

  4. What do they think was going to happen….with the lack of camps this year there is no other way to get your timing down. Starting QBs dont want to show up rusty, it could cost them their job.

  5. ‘Tom Brady’s leading one anyway.’
    You can take the boy out of New England……

  6. Tom doesn’t think rules apply to him … or offensive line holding, roughing the quarterback or pass interference in favor of the Patriots and now the Bucs.

  7. I never heard anyone complain about Jamis Winston’s off season team gatherings….. wait…. NEVERMIND.

  8. You’d think they might learn something from Djokovic & friends. The virus is exploding in Tampa area largely among folks in the 20-40 age range who are gleefully ignoring social distancing advice. If all these guys were in their own bubble and interacting only with each other, what they are doing may not be that big of a deal even if it looks bad. However, that seems unlikely to be the case. Just takes one of these geniuses to go out to a bar/club and bring it back to infect the rest.

  9. Brady is the GOAT, and I’ll root for him in Tampa. But between following Trump’s junk science or Guerrero’s doesn’t make him any genius off the field, IMO.

  10. Why are half the people above pretending this virus is deadly to almost anyone, especially not professional athletes.

  11. Big deal. They’re outside and if you watch the film of the workouts, they aren’t huddling and generally not in each other’s faces.

  12. liquidmuse says:
    June 23, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    Why are half the people above pretending this virus is deadly to almost anyone, especially not professional athletes..
    ————————————-

    No one is pretending anything. The virus has not killed everyone who has had the misfortune of catching the virus, but it has killed over 120,000 people, of all age groups, in the United States, and counting. Even healthy people without known comorbidities have caught the virus and died from the virus. Professional athletes are not immune to catching the virus, that is a proven fact, and are certainly not immune to transferring the virus to people with comorbidities. That may be the biggest concern here.

  13. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says:
    June 23, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    What do they think was going to happen….with the lack of camps this year there is no other way to get your timing down. Starting QBs dont want to show up rusty, it could cost them their job.

    ~~~~~~~~

    To who? Another QB who also couldn’t go to camp?

  14. Brady wants to build COVID 19 herd immunity before the season starts and miss games.

  15. This is why BB walked. Brady hit Divaland and was way above being coached anymore.

    He’s done.

    Brady developed an attitude and it didn’t just start in 2019. Brady never held himself accountable in postseasons from 2007-2012 when he mostly played like donkey dung.

  16. No problem, he brought plant-based vegan-friendly TB12 COVID-19-BE-GONE smoothies for everyone.

  17. This is not a guy doing this for a paycheck or to break records, it’s clear Tom Brady wants to win and feels the need to prove that he can, so he’s going all out. good for him, and good for the Bucs who will benefit from that.

  18. whywerule says:
    June 23, 2020 at 1:40 pm
    liquidmuse says:
    June 23, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    Why are half the people above pretending this virus is deadly to almost anyone, especially not professional athletes..
    ————————————-

    No one is pretending anything. The virus has not killed everyone who has had the misfortune of catching the virus, but it has killed over 120,000 people, of all age groups, in the United States, and counting. Even healthy people without known comorbidities have caught the virus and died from the virus. Professional athletes are not immune to catching the virus, that is a proven fact, and are certainly not immune to transferring the virus to people with comorbidities. That may be the biggest concern here.

    —–

    Perhaps you should remain home until the Politicians give the all-clear signal….

  19. First there are no “rules” that say they can’t be doing this.
    Second, do you know the players that are participating haven’t been tested?
    Answer.. No, you don’t.

    Get use to it Bucs fans, if it’s an article about TB the CRYBABIES come running.

    #GOATx6

  20. This is confusing. The NFL is adamant that we’re going to have a 2020 season, which means training camp starts soon. That will involve players, coaches and staff in a lot closer proximity than Brady and the maybe dozen guys he’s getting together with outside.

    If you’re OK with training camp, then it’s nonsensical to say players shouldn’t work out together a few weeks before camp begins.

  21. Say what you will about his sense of ethics and playing within the rules of the game, Tomasina Brady is a leader and prepares at an elite level. There are QB’s who put up stats, but the ones that win are the ones who prepare with the team for longer than required.

  22. SWFLPC.INC says:
    June 23, 2020 at 2:09 pm
    ………..
    Perhaps you should remain home until the Politicians give the all-clear signal….
    —————————————————————————–

    Yes, shame on all the people who are not selfish, and do not want to be responsible for killing other people. What a terrible character trait.

  23. He’s doing a good job of holding off Father Time. Covid is not going to stop Tom Brady. This is what separates the true greats.

  24. So, let’s get this straight:
    – Church: BAD, stay away, dangerous.
    – Protests: GOOD, go all you want.
    – Walmart: YOU’RE FINE, wear a mask.
    – Family gatherings: NOT MORE THAN 10.
    – Pretty much anything positive: NO WAY.
    – Political rallies: If you’re Joe, you’re good, it’s justified to change the regime. If you’re Don, that’s dangerous, go home, you’re killing yourself.

    Just so I understand.

  25. remizak says:
    June 23, 2020 at 2:17 pm
    This is confusing. The NFL is adamant that we’re going to have a 2020 season, which means training camp starts soon. That will involve players, coaches and staff in a lot closer proximity than Brady and the maybe dozen guys he’s getting together with outside.

    If you’re OK with training camp, then it’s nonsensical to say players shouldn’t work out together a few weeks before camp begins.
    ———-

    The Player’s Association is the one saying it. The NFL hasn’t really stopped the workouts or anything, they want players to do what they gotta do, and they are optimistic. The NFLPA, understandably, is just trying to protect its own interests too.

  26. Ya’ll are wild if you think football will be shut down and not played. Has anyone seen the death rate lately? It’s literally dropped 90%. Couple hundred people a day is all. 7500 people die everyday. so less than 3% of deaths everyday are from covid, and those are just people that are dying “with” covid. young people are not at risk at all. For all of you saying it won’t be played, I bet ya a million dollars your watching on Sunday. Ratings will prove it.

  27. There will be NO pro football this year…can we all stop pretending it will happen.

  28. I’m sure Tom’s not worried. Guerrero probably convinced him the only way to beat the Covid is hydration and non-inflammatory veggies.

  29. Come on, you can’t base these decisions on medical science (including the recommendations of the Gov’ts own senior medical advisors), it has to be based on politics. If you’re republican, you can gather, but if you’re a democrat you’ve got to stay inside. All those Tampa Bay Lightning players, Phillies players and 49er players that got covid had to be republicans. The lack of social distancing is just as stupid for racial inequity protests as it is for presidential rallies. There’s as many dopes on the right as there are on the left.

  30. “Tom Brady just needs to break some nearby store windows, maybe light a few buildings on fire, and call it a protest, and the media will be completely fine with this.”

    The protestors have been almost universally non violent. The far right Proud Boys and Boogaloo Boys who have been doing much of the looting and violence around the protests on the other hand trying to incite a race war which is their openly stated goal……

  31. Warnings are like rules… They apply to other people.

    The Tampa subsidiary of “The Patriot Way”.

  32. “This is why BB walked. Brady hit Divaland and was way above being coached anymore.”

    TyLawPic…, er Touchback6 – I suspect that if Brady were still a Patriot and did this you would be extolling his virtues as a leader.

  33. Assuming they actually get to have a season, it could be a considerable advantage if a team had most of their key players already exposed now as opposed to losing them to quarantine come playoff time.

  34. remizak says:
    June 23, 2020 at 2:17 pm
    This is confusing. The NFL is adamant that we’re going to have a 2020 season, which means training camp starts soon. That will involve players, coaches and staff in a lot closer proximity than Brady and the maybe dozen guys he’s getting together with outside.

    If you’re OK with training camp, then it’s nonsensical to say players shouldn’t work out together a few weeks before camp begins.

    16 1 Rate This

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    Two words: Roger Goodell

    He moves the goalposts so much to get the desired results, he doesn’t check first to see if he is lying.

    That’s how accustomed he is in doing it.

    See Spygate, Ray Rice, Deflategate, and numerous other times he i
    has been caught lying.

  35. Not Everything Is A Joke says:
    June 23, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    “This is why BB walked. Brady hit Divaland and was way above being coached anymore.”

    TyLawPic…, er Touchback6 – I suspect that if Brady were still a Patriot and did this you would be extolling his virtues as a leader.

    0 2 Rate This

    ———-

    Nope. Brady was substandard in the 2018 and 2019 regular seasons after skipping otas.

    He needs his reps. Look at 2011’s Lockout. He missed time anf even with known, really great commodities like Gronk, Welker, Branch, Hernandez, etc, looked like crap most of that year against certain teams. He couldn’t even get the team past midfield in week 17 vs miami in the first half of that game, as his int rate spiked that year.

    Brady is far from perfect and not infallible as the fanboys try to make you believe via the gushing Boston media.

  36. remizak says:

    June 23, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    This is confusing. The NFL is adamant that we’re going to have a 2020 season, which means training camp starts soon. That will involve players, coaches and staff in a lot closer proximity than Brady and the maybe dozen guys he’s getting together with outside.

    If you’re OK with training camp, then it’s nonsensical to say players shouldn’t work out together a few weeks before camp begins.
    ——
    Have the players gathering at private workouts been screened? Has the facility or field their practicing at been sanitized? Are any precautions being taken? I’m not saying to do any of those but that’s the difference between players working out together and training camp.

  37. Brady has only 3 things going on between the ears. Football, Gisele, and Gronk. I don’t even think he knows there is a deadly pandemic going on in the world.

  38. A lot of you guys still don’t get Brady. He signed up to win. After 20 years, 9 SB appearances and 6 trophies, he actually knows what it takes. No excuses.

  39. Brady developed an attitude and it didn’t just start in 2019. Brady never held himself accountable in postseasons from 2007-2012 when he mostly played like donkey dung.

    ———————

    touchback,

    Belichick foolishly changed offense system in 2007, abandoned Brady’s winning system, adopted a system like Peyton’s, under which Brady had to play like Peyton, holding balls for big plays.

    That is why Pats offense couldn’t score even 21 points (scored a TD in garbage time against Jets).

    That changed in 2013, when Gronk was injured and out. Brady had no one to throw to downfield, and had to turn the playbooks back to his own one, and started throwing to Edelman, and Pats started winning SB again.

    You think Pats would have had chance against Seahawks if Brady had played like he did in 2007, Clown?

  40. Brady is far from perfect and not infallible as the fanboys try

    ————————————–

    This is the QB whom you think doesn’t deserve much credits for Pats dynasty. BTW, given SAME SQUAD, who else do you trust more to score 24-31 points in BACK TO BACK playoff games, clown?

    #1, In SB against Panthers, Pats offense played 38 mintues.
    #2, In SB against Seahawks, Pats offense played 33 minutes.
    #3, In SB against Falcons, Pats offense played 37 minutes during regular periods
    #4, _In SB against Eagles, Pats offense played only 26 minutes. How did Belichick’s #5 defense play?_
    #5, In AFCCG against Chiefs, Pats offense played 39 minutes.
    #6, In SB agaisnt Rams, Pats offense played 33 minutes.

  41. Some of you guys still don’t get Brady. He signed up to win. After 9 SB appearances and 6 trophies he actually knows how to do it. No excuses.

  42. Brady is far from perfect and not infallible as the fanboys try

    ————————————–
    Touchback,

    Troy Brown, David Patten, Deion Branch, David Givens, Reche Caldwell, Wes Welker, Shane Vereen, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelmen, Dion Lewis, Chris Hogan, James White, etc.

    Idiot, please stop insisting that other QBs like Peyton, Brees, Rodgers are morons and not try cheap short slot receivers.

  43. The real issue is what are the Bucs gonna do when camp time arrives and half their team and coaches are positive for covid-19? They won’t be allowed in team facilities, much less play a game. Is this think too far ahead for some of you?

  44. Aloha,
    Hard to think this through.
    He wants to practice (Check) with his receivers (check) against NFL CBs (check)
    Are they risking infecting each other? Only if one is already infected.
    Are they screening themselves enough to be sure none of them are already infected?

    I don’t know. I bet they are.

    I know it is a dumb thing to say, but I would be surprised if some players would like to get sick now, recover fully and not have to worry about crowed locker rooms, etc. But, of course, that is dangerous for themselves and especially their extended families.

    What would you do?

    Is FLA a right to work state?

    Mahalo

  45. Aloha,
    Hard to think this through.
    He wants to practice (Check) with his receivers (check) against NFL CBs (check)
    Are they risking infecting each other? Only if one is already infected.
    Are they screening themselves enough to be sure none of them are already infected?

    I don’t know. I bet they are.

    I know it is a dumb thing to say, but I would be surprised if some players would like to get sick now, recover fully and not have to worry about crowed locker rooms, etc. But, of course, that is dangerous for themselves and especially their extended families.

    What would you do?

    Is FLA a right to work state?

    Mahalo

    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    Except for the fact that contracting Covid-19 once does not make you immune to it.

  46. cjpom664 says:
    June 23, 2020 at 2:20 pm
    How many professional athletes have died from Covid?

    …that’s what I thought…

    —————————————————————————

    It’s not the athletes that are the issue. They will likely (probably) recover if they catch the virus. The concern is the other, possibly much more vulnerable people they will come in contact with. It can be deadly for them.

  47. touchback6 says:

    June 23, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    This is why BB walked. Brady hit Divaland and was way above being coached anymore.

    He’s done.

    Brady developed an attitude and it didn’t just start in 2019. Brady never held himself accountable in postseasons from 2007-2012 when he mostly played like donkey dung.

    —————————————

    So putting in extra work makes you a diva? Got it

  48. Aloha:
    In addition to the likelihood of lost revenue, the NFL, it seems to me, a bunch of practical and health problems. Biggest issue for the NFL will be (1) The lag between being infected and being identified. (2) How many people “in the room” yesterday should be quarantined when 1 of them tests positive today? Health experts differ from recommending all in the room should be monitored closely (ie fever checks and maybe daily testing) to quarantine all of them until at least the incubation window is passed (4-7 days). (3) Coaches and owners are old.Fans who can afford tickets are on, average, over 40 or so, I would think That means half of them are over 40 and at somewhat higher risk. For the owners, they must be a little freaked that the mortality rate of people over 60 is about 5-7 times higher than for people 20-35.

  49. Aloha,
    The NFL, I am sure, has access to very good (ie accurate) information concerning how fast the virus spreads and the accuracy of tests. Those are important data to help shape the processes they will put in place to keep enough players healthy to play the game.Sometimes information helps in making decisions.

    Aside from keeping players healthy, please also consider their families. And the coaches and the coaches families.And all the employees in the players spaces.

    Just to be clear; Mortality rate is the known death rate divided by the total number of known cases. In the USA the mortality rate of Covid totaled, between March through June 22nd is right about 5%

    In USA there have been about 120,000 deaths and 2,300,000 cases. That works out to be equal to 120/2300 = about 5%. That is, in the USA, about 5% of the people who have tested positive have died.

    Spain mortality has been about 28/250. About 11%
    UK mortality is about 42 out of every 300 cases. About 12%
    Italy mortality has been about 36/250. About 14%

    Lots of difficulties in calculating a mortality rate. Biggest difficulty is knowing the actual number of cases if there is not a LOT of testing being done. Another difficulty, in the beginning, was that only very sick people were getting tested; sick enough to be admitted to the hospital. This artificially “inflated” the mortality rate in April, as everyone knew. If you look at NY numbers, the mortality rate is higher because almost all the early tests were on very very sick people.

    And a problem that leads to under estimating the mortality rate is the lag between a case being identified and when the person dies. About 170,000 Americans tested positive in the last week. We will not “see” their deaths until about 2-3 weeks from now. So, that 170000 new cases leads to an underestimation of the mortality rate (increases the divisor before the dividen catches up)

  50. Good to know Tampa Bay Tommy is still motivated to work with his team pandemic and all. Last year he refused to do any such thing with his New receivers and his old team and no pandemic so…. 🤔

  51. You should not ask why is Tom Brady leading team workouts during a pandemic. You should ask why your QB is not.

    Bucs fans have to be giddy.

  52. He’s smart enough to do it the right way and not holding a gun on anyone else. Besides, it gives the fat boys one more thing to whine about.

  53. I have to laugh at everybody saying Brady is “Breaking Rules”. This isn’t a rule, it’s a suggestion and I don’t blame him. If it was up to doctors they would have the whole country hiding in their basements like sleepy Joe. The more I see of these stories the more I realize that there won’t be a real NFL season this year though. There will be a few guys on each team that get covid and the league will bow to media and political pressure. They always do

  54. Except for the fact that contracting Covid-19 once does not make you immune to it.

    So what. Catching any virus once doesn’t make you immune to it does it?

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