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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 17: New England Patriots player Tom Brady at the grand opening of the TB12 Performance & Recovery Center on September 17, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

It appears that Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates are willing to risk it with COVID-19.

As reported by Rick Stroud in the Tampa Bay Times, Brady and several Bucs teammates worked out at Tampa’s Berkeley Prep around 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Photos at the Times reveal Brady along with fellow ex-Patriot Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Chris Godwin, and center Ryan Jensen, among others. According to Stroud, at least a dozen players were present.

Brady and the Bucs’ private workout comes after a Bucs assistant tested positive for COVID-19, while two others have been quarantined. It also comes as other NFL teams have outbreaks of their own and NFLPA doctor Thom Mayer strongly advised players to stop working out together until the virus is under better control.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, at least 10 NFL teams have had at least one employee test positive for the novel coronavirus. Florida has been particularly hard-hit in recent weeks after becoming one of the first states to reopen from the COVID-19 shutdown. New cases in the state have ballooned from 667 on June 1 to 2,926 on June 22.

Mayer recommended pausing private group workouts until the official start of training camp. Most of the league, including the Patriots, are currently expected to return in late July.

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