Todd Gurley “prepared to not play” if NFL, NFLPA can’t agree on a COVID-19 plan

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Falcons running back Todd Gurley says that if the NFL and NFL Players Association can’t come up with a good plan for playing football safely in a pandemic, the other alternative is not playing at all.

Gurley says he has so far been unimpressed with what he’s heard about how the league plans to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak among players.

“It’s really not structured right,” Gurley said on Tiki and Tierney. “There’s not a proper plan in place that I’m comfortable with. I don’t have a wife. I don’t have any kids. But you have to look at guys on the other side who have pregnant wives, kids and a wife that they go home to every single day. I just feel like in general we just need to come up with something a lot better than what they’re giving us. Everything they gave us is pretty last minute. We should have been able to have answers weeks ago, if not months ago.”

Gurley said he’s prepared to sit out entirely if there’s not a good plan in place to play the season safely.

“You have to be prepared to not play or be prepared to have a half a season,” Gurley said. “If they don’t do things right, we won’t have a full season. It’s just how things have been going so far this year. Hopefully everything goes well, but I don’t see how. It just doesn’t sit well right now.”

The league and the union are in the midst of negotiations to get a plan that satisfies everyone. If that doesn’t happen, some hard decisions will have to be made, and some players may decide not to play at all.

31 responses to “Todd Gurley “prepared to not play” if NFL, NFLPA can’t agree on a COVID-19 plan

  1. I don’t think this dude even wants to play. He got his big contract and that was good enough for him. He literally laughed on Twitter when he got released.

  2. Nobody cares. He blows now anyways. Career is over. They’ll find another dime a dozen running back who’s healthy and costs much less. Bye

  3. Thats fine – the leaugue flew past this guy faster than anyone could have imagined. Nice excuse Todd, just hang it up while your legs still work guy.

  4. Paging Dr Gurley, Paging Dr Gurley…. How about you let the doctor’s doctor and players play!

  5. These football players are so tender. People are coming to work everyday at fast food joints, Walmart, etc. for $9 an hour and these fragile little daisy’s don’t know if they can do it for millions.

  6. With your knees, you more than likely wouldn’t have a full season anyway. Get the money while you can, should be your motto….

  7. Man this guy cashed his big signing bonus and then mailed it in. Oh well. Good for him I guess and too bad the organization got suckered into it. Dude should send his agent a nice christmas package every year.

  8. All you did was party when you lived nearby. Happy to see you leave town, good luck with the attitude.

  9. As a Rams fan, I sincerely appreciate the good times. But it is clear why he is no longer in horns. Best of luck to you TG…we’ll be OK.

  10. When this whole pandemic thing blew up in March, the NFL, like most people, thought it would blow over by the time their season started. Less than 2 months away now, that isn’t the case. Just like the gov’t, the NFL sat on their hands doing mostly nothing and now are scrambling with no discernible plan.

  11. That’s nothing but an excuse for him to get a paycheck. He doesn’t care about playing anyway. He got his big payday. Now he’s just figuring out ways to mail it in. He better save some of that money. This is his last contract. Nobody will touch him and his bad knees once this contract is up. Then he’ll have something else to whine about–being unemployed. He can always be a greeter at WalMart.

  12. For once, the Falcons may be getting lucky. Use that extra $$ on your sad-sack defensive line, Arthur Blank.

  13. Well, Todd, why don’t you tell us how things should be done so we can all benefit from your expertise? Did you watch the video of Peter King at the Vikings’ facility? No virus particle stands a chance of surviving in that place. It all comes down to the players taking personal responsibility to take common sense precautions and that’s probably where it will all break down.

  14. pkrfaninsc says:
    July 24, 2020 at 10:49 am
    These football players are so tender. People are coming to work everyday at fast food joints, Walmart, etc. for $9 an hour and these fragile little daisy’s don’t know if they can do it for millions.

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    We owe our retail employees a lot of respect for the risks they are taking to keep our society going and to pay their bills. But, to be fair, these workers aren’t tackling each other while covered in sweat and traveling together weekly by plane/bus, etc.

    The NFL has had a long time to come up with some ideas here but so far have come up short. I don’t blame players for wanting a little more clarity given the hard deadline to make a decision.

  15. “We should have been able to have answers weeks ago, if not months ago.”

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    He must not be paying attention. Someone needs to tell Gurley that the whole situation has changed completely in the last 2 months…a few months ago, states just started opening up again and everything looked promising. A month later, everything started turning for the worse.

  16. nickfolesuggs says:
    July 24, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    We owe our retail employees a lot of respect for the risks they are taking to keep our society going and to pay their bills. But, to be fair, these workers aren’t tackling each other while covered in sweat and traveling together weekly by plane/bus, etc.
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    They also aren’t getting tested every day to make sure the people they’re working with don’t have the virus. Nor do they get to work outside and make millions.

    I’d also like to point out that the virus is not transmitted through sweat.

  17. Andrew Hampton says:
    July 24, 2020 at 11:01 am

    So just another year for him like the last couple. Check.

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    Huh? He had 1831 scrimmage yards and 21 total TDs in 2018. Led the league with 2093 and 19 in 2017. Do your research.

  18. Meanwhile the poor guy making $15 an hour stocking groceries since March, and hasn’t missed a day of work, is shaking his head in disgust. No protections, no daily testing, nothing close to the extraordinary precautions NFL players will be afforded when they come back.

    It’s still a free country; it’s his prerogative to sit out. But I have a feeling he won’t take it lightly if and when he loses his job next offseason.

  19. I just feel like in general we just need to come up with something a lot better than what they’re giving us. Everything they gave us is pretty last minute. We should have been able to have answers weeks ago, if not months ago.”

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    Hmm…the NFL and NFLPA are both looking out for their own interests and its members. I’m not surprised it’s taking so long and things are being agreed upon last minute. Look at how long the CBA took to complete. Also consider concussion law suits. The NFL will look all angles to avoid any potential lawsuits should a player contract COVID from another player or team personnel while playing.

  20. Poor dude, maybe he should consider what health care workers are going through before the cry baby antics. Just inform your boss that “you quit”. There are shortages of front line workers such as paramedics and nurses that he could train for.

  21. Where has he been for the last 4 months? This should have been brought up months ago when there was time to work out any issues. Training camp is nearly underway. Gurley is showing his true colors now that he got paid, and those colors should worry the Falcons.

  22. Players need accept wearing anti fog face shields INSIDE or ON their face masks. Is it going to suck? Of coarse it is but if EVERY SINGLE PLAYER is forced to wear it then you all suffer together for the good of the cause (meaning millions of dollars in your pockets). As long as the other players are suffering too it’s a level laying field. I’m more worried about a player testing positive and spreading it more then anything else. If you can control the virus from spreading to other players you are winning the battle. If the virus is allowed to spread because players are not willing to sacrifice then you will lose the war.

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