NFL issues statement on Tom Brady’s workout with Bucs teammates
Tom Brady worked out with a handful of his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates on Tuesday amid Florida’s lifting of stay-at-home restrictions, and it raised some eyebrows as well as some criticism across the league.
However, it appears the NFL has no issue with the seemingly unauthorized practice session. In a statement shared by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the workout is permitted.
The NFL says Tom Brady's workouts with his new #Bucs teammates at a local high school are permitted: "Everyone associated with the NFL should follow the recommendations and guidelines of state and local authorities and medical experts, including the NFLPA."— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 19, 2020
The practice in question began shortly after 7 a.m. at the Berkeley Preparatory School. It included Brady throwing passes to Mike Evans, OJ Howard and Cameron Brate, among others — backup quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin were also present — and images of it were shared by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Breaking: Tom Brady, Bucs players take the field at Tampa’s Berkeley Prep: exclusive photos https://t.co/QggyHKypdB— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) May 19, 2020
According to Stroud’s reporting, the 42-year-old Brady’s arm looked “live” during the workout, especially on passes on some deep routes.
The basis for the NFL giving the go-ahead to the workout seemingly stems from the perception that the practice did indeed follow the “recommendations and guidelines of state and local authorities and medical experts.” The Bucs’ workout session does appear to adhere to the standards set by Florida’s state guidelines.
Interestingly enough, Brady had previously run afoul of the then-shelter-in-place protocols in Florida after being spotted working out in a closed park shortly after signing with the Bucs.
It doesn’t appear that Brady and his Bucs teammates have done anything wrong with their Tuesday morning workout session, so odds are such impromptu practices will continue, something that will only help Brady get better acquainted with his new teammates.