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Broncos, Seahawks, Bucs, Lions, Patriots players will not participate in voluntary offseason workouts

Players from two NFL teams are following their union’s lead in supporting a continuation of virtual offseason programs.

Detroit Lions v Washington Redskins Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

In separate statements released by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), players for the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions have announced that they do not intend to participate in the voluntary workout portions of each team’s offseason program — which are scheduled to start on Monday. So far, there has been no such announcement from Kansas City Chiefs players.

Broncos players went first.

Seahawks players released a longer statement with the same bottom line.

On Tuesday evening, Buccaneers players joined the boycott.

Lions and Patriots players joined on Wednesday.

As the offseason has continued, the NFLPA has taken the position that in order to protect its members from the coronavirus pandemic, the league should continue with the virtual offseason they instituted during the early stages of the pandemic a year ago.

Just as they did last season, the league and its players union remain involved in negotiations about how they should proceed through offseason programs. But for the moment, players from these teams say they won’t be reporting to team facilities for the voluntary portions.

Players from more teams could follow. We will keep you updated.