Raiders players will not participate in voluntary in-person workouts

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Raiders players announced Thursday night they have voted not to participate in voluntary in-person workouts this offseason.

They join players from the Browns, Giants, Patriots, Broncos, Seahawks, Lions, Bears and Bucs in releasing a statement that some or all of their players will not take participate in planned in-person work that begins next month.

“We have come together as a team to discuss the important issues related to our health and safety,” the statement from Raiders players reads. “We know the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on our membership, our families and our home city of Las Vegas this past year, and we continue to feel for everyone in our community and our country who has been impacted by the coronavirus.

“Given the data and facts shared by our union about reduced injuries and other health benefits of the virtual offseason last year, players from our team will not participate in a voluntary in-person workout program. We respect those players on our team and across the NFL who have contractual incentives linked to their participation in the program, but we stand in solidarity with our fellow players who are making the best decision on behalf of themselves and their families.”

The virtual portion of the offseason program begins Monday. The NFL announced Wednesday that Phase Three, the only phase that will consist of on-field work, will include 10 on-field voluntary in-person practices and a three-day mandatory minicamp that will run from May 24-June 18.

9 responses to “Raiders players will not participate in voluntary in-person workouts

  1. Sadly, players will still work out in small groups, and the teams will be forced to withhold players workout bonuses. Not sure what good unions really do for the whole situation, other than to make things more acrimonious.

  2. It’s the downfall of the league. This leads to more injuries and bad quality of play.

  3. translation; Players that do participate, Gruden will look at players showing up with far more commitment as they are risking participation.

    That stuff is taken very seriously when final cuts are announced.

  4. If anybody needs more on field work it’s our defense, but let’s not commit to getting better, let’s commit to being mediocre at best.

    It’s too bad, while 31 other teams are talking on zoom we could of been on the field getting better and closing the gap between us and some of the teams better than us and distancing ourselves from the teams below us

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