With coronavirus cases popping up among multiple US sports leagues, the NFL Players Association has advised members to stop working out together.
That advice from union medical director Thom Mayer came Saturday, after Major League Baseball again shuttered spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona in the wake of a spate of positive COVID-19 cases for players and team staff members.
With the NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer all hoping to resume seasons shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, and MLB trying to hammer out a framework for getting 2020 underway, the cases have sparked concern.
Mayer said in a statement to NFL players that "no players should be engaged in practice together in private workouts."
The NFL is still in the midst of a "virtual" off season with no formal team training sessions set to start until July 28.
But with the league still aiming to kick off on schedule on September 10, some players have been getting together for informal workouts as lockdown restrictions have eased around the country.
"Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase of COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts," Mayer's statement said. "Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months."
Multiple players from the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys have tested positive for the virus. On Friday the NFL Network reported that a San Francisco 49ers player had tested positive, and that he had been working out with teammates in Nashville, Tennessee.
In the most recent reported cases, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed they had players or staff test positive, but declined to confirm reports that the positive results involved at least two players.*AFP
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