Ravens players say they’re not attending in-person voluntary workouts

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The list of statements from NFL players about their plans for in-person offseason workouts continues to grow.

The Ravens became the 18th team to issue a statement through the NFL Players Association. Like many of those from players of the other teams, the statement says that players will not be attending in-person work.

“Our team leaders have discussed with each other, with our teammates and with the NFLPA, and in solidarity with the other members of our union across the league, we have decided to exercise our CBA right not to attend voluntary offseason workouts.”

Some other teams have said that many players will not be participating rather than going the Ravens’ route and it seems likely that we’ll be hearing from some of the other 14 teams around the league before offseason programs open on Monday.

32 responses to “Ravens players say they’re not attending in-person voluntary workouts

  1. and they’ll go one and done once again in the playoffs assuming they even make it that far.

  2. Hey, you wanna come to work today? We paid you millions. C’mon. Come and practice a little. You’ve had 5 months off.

    Ummm … no, I’m going play video games and then go to the club. Can I get direct deposit?

  3. I am sure this is true of all the NFL teams players. And who can blame most of these players? If I was only getting paid $10-35 million per year I too would not want to work for more than seven months of the year.

  4. The NFLPA is so weak that they have to celebrate a win that’s not really a win. They have convinced their players that not attending something that’s voluntary is somehow a power play. Hey look at us we walked out of that restaurant without paying for that free lunch we were invited too. Man that was a total win

  5. Someone remind me why need a roll call of everyone skipping voluntary workouts? The teams know who isn’t showing up for practice and that’s all who really care.

  6. The players don’t know it and its soon that there union will be history. If they can’t stay together as one unied unit the owners will eat there lunch. Supper also. Bill

  7. This whole thing strikes me as foolish. Once the players are vaccinated, the risk is low. This feels like a strong arm labor tactic using the coronavirus as a pretext, which I don’t like. Seems awfully cynical.

  8. These guys are all going to retire some day as multi-millionaires. They probably don’t want to start experiencing heart disease and major organ failure in their 40’s due to the long term affects from the Covid virus. Most of these guys went to college. They’re smarter than the average bozo. If you like playing Russian Roulette, have at it. It’s a free country. If the players aren’t into suicide, it’s a free country. They don’t have to do it. You can still get infected and spread the virus, even if you’ve been vaccinated. You’re more likely to stay out of emergency rooms, but you can still get the long term affects. The heart damage. Lung damage. Brain damage. This stuff doesn’t go away when you “recover”. This is not a one and done virus. You’re just so much better off not getting infected.

  9. Aside from the typical ignorance and bitterness about how much money the players get paid, I don’t understand all the anger against the players in the comments.
    Imagine that you did not feel that your employer was adequately protecting you against the virus. Then, imagine that if you got the virus, there was a possibility that the long-term symptoms would not allow you to continue working. Then, imagine that you could be fired at any moment and not paid another Penny by your employer or be able to find any work in your field ever again. Would you show up for non-mandatory employee functions?
    No. You would not.

  10. pab08 says:
    April 17, 2021 at 6:43 pm
    Aside from the typical ignorance and bitterness about how much money the players get paid, I don’t understand all the anger against the players in the comments.
    Imagine that you did not feel that your employer was adequately protecting you against the virus. Then, imagine that if you got the virus, there was a possibility that the long-term symptoms would not allow you to continue working. Then, imagine that you could be fired at any moment and not paid another Penny by your employer or be able to find any work in your field ever again. Would you show up for non-mandatory employee functions?
    No. You would not.
    ——————————————————–
    Did you have an actual point here amongst all your misinformation?

  11. They want virtual workouts for the same reason we want virtual church…you can do it in your pajamas.

  12. I don’t agree with all these posters saying players should avoid voluntary workouts if they think their employer hasn’t protected them from risk. Our society is becoming way too risk averse. The vaccine is extremely effective and the sport is played outdoors. Is the risk zero? No, but what in this world is zero risk? These players— like all of us— have relied on warehouse workers, grocery clerks, transportation and logistics providers, etc. — who have been taking much greater risks. And none of them have had the protections the NRL put in place last season. You cannot tell me that all of these players truly fear the virus — this is simply pretext for the union to flex its muscles. I bet there are a lot of players who aren’t multi-millionaires who are fringe roster types who’d probably be happy to participate but are afraid of being labeled as scabs and are being strong armed not to participate.

  13. A commenter stated that you can still get infected and spread the virus after the vaccine. Did I read that correctly? Are you people that stupid? What’s the point of taking the vaccine if it doesn’t work. God I hope they keeping pushing this vaccine. Winner winner.

  14. charliecharger says:
    April 17, 2021 at 6:39 pm
    These guys are all going to retire some day as multi-millionaires. They probably don’t want to start experiencing heart disease and major organ failure in their 40’s due to the long term affects from the Covid virus. Most of these guys went to college. They’re smarter than the average bozo. If you like playing Russian Roulette, have at it. It’s a free country. If the players aren’t into suicide, it’s a free country. They don’t have to do it. You can still get infected and spread the virus, even if you’ve been vaccinated. You’re more likely to stay out of emergency rooms, but you can still get the long term affects. The heart damage. Lung damage. Brain damage. This stuff doesn’t go away when you “recover”. This is not a one and done virus. You’re just so much better off not getting infected.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Please educate us all on the long-term effects of COVID, since nobody truly knows. You mention the possible health risk of showing up for workouts, but failed to mention that the players all go out onto the field the entire season without any COVID protection (even testing is not 100%). You should stick to your posts where you say the Pats are about to turn the corner and build upon their 9 win season. Sometimes I wonder if you even watch football. Nine wins? Really?

  15. There have been voluntary workouts for several years, what exactly has changed that players feel the need to announce that they will not attend something that they contractually don’t need to attend??

  16. You should hope your QB shows up at these workouts and starts working on his throwing motion and accuracy. How many hall passes does he get in terms of NFL seasons played before you finally realize he can’t throw the ball reliably?

  17. @SteveYoungThrowandRun — About the same number of seasons that Steve Young got to prove he could throw, mouth. So, 8?

  18. Things are never going back to what it used to be. No more full stadiums, etc. You’re seeing the slow death of professional sports. Good riddance

  19. If I was a rookie I would take advantage of the vets staying away and be in the workouts every minute allowable. Good opportunity for them to take a job away from a vet.

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