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NFLPA advises halt to private workouts together

In recent days, members of the Broncos, Buccaneers, Cowboys, 49ers and Texans organizations tested positive for COVID-19.
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A "Mr. B" sticker honoring the passing of former owner Pat Bowlen adorns the helmets of the Denver Broncos during an NFL preseason football game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The medical director of the NFL players’ union has recommended that all players stop private workouts together.

Dr. Thom Mayer told members of the NFLPA in a message Saturday that the risk of being stricken by the new coronavirus is too great to be staging those workouts.

Mayer said staff was working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season and advised “against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences.”

In recent days, members of the Broncos, Buccaneers, Cowboys, 49ers and Texans organizations tested positive for COVID-19.

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The NFL has allowed team facilities to reopen on a limited basis, with no players except those rehabilitating injuries allowed on the premises.

Training camps are scheduled to open in late July, with the first preseason contest the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 6 between Dallas and Pittsburgh.

The league has said it plans to play its season as scheduled, with the first game set for Sept. 10 at Kansas City.

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