Matthew Stafford became the latest NFL quarterback to host a group workout against the advice of the NFLPA, and the Detroit Lions quarterback doesn’t seem too worried about not heeding his union’s warning with Thursday's session.
How so? Because Stafford’s wife Kelly shared video of the workout in question on social media. What’s more, it doesn’t appear that the Lions aren’t concerned about running afoul of the NFLPA’s directive, either, as the team shared one of Kelly Stafford’s videos on their own official Twitter account.
In the video shared by the Lions, Stafford is shown throwing a rollout pass to fullback Nick Bawden, who was joined by receiver Jamal Agnew and tight end Jesse James at the QB-led workout.
Stafford has previously worked out this offseason with wide receiver Danny Amendola, running back D’Andre Swift, wideout Quintez Cephus and tight end Isaac Nauta.
As noted, several NFL quarterbacks have been leading group workouts this offseason, including Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson, who hosted a throwing session early this month.
More recently, both Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal-caller Tom Brady have run workouts, both of which came after the NFLPA issued its warning against such activities.
“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer said in a statement, per ESPN. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.”
Interestingly, the case can be made that both Wilson and Brady ran workouts in conscious defiance of the directive, as both shared footage of the sessions, with the Seahawks quarterback doing so on Tuesday.
Brady has been even more aggressive in rebuffing the NFLPA’s edict, sharing video and later utilizing an FDR quote to blow off any concerns about holding workouts amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Another quote on Instagram from Tom Brady, again practicing with Bucs teammates in Tampa today after NFLPA medical director recommended players not to practice in groups: pic.twitter.com/2wqVT7hN8c— Greg Auman (@gregauman) June 25, 2020
It remains to be seen how the NFLPA will approach players like Stafford, Wilson and Brady, among others, completely disregarding guidance on an issue that carries potential consequences in the matters of player health and safety.
That being said, there’s little doubt the union can’t be happy about the situation.