Orlando Sentinel

Steelers will skip in-person workouts

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The Steelers have become the 10th group of NFL players to say they won’t be attending in-person voluntary offseason workouts. The Steelers joined the Bucs, Broncos, Seahawks, Giants, Bears, Raiders, Lions, Browns, and Patriots in declaring their intent to skip the sessions that begin on Monday. “We should not be made to compromise our health and safety,” Steelers players wrote. “With the current pandemic still affecting our communitie­s and country, and the lack of clear protocols and protection­s regarding returning to work at full capacity, the players ... have decided to exercise our right to not participat­e in voluntary offseason activities.” Browns center JC Tretter, president of the players’ union, issued a strong statement on the NFLPA website last month calling for the end of such things as organized team activities and minicamps. “The good news for our sport is that while the NFL season looked and felt noticeably different from previous years,” he wrote, “we learned that the game of football did not suffer at the expense of protecting its players more than ever before.”

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