It was six days ago that the NFLPA advised players against working out in small groups. And it was on Thursday that Matthew Stafford got together with a few teammates to run some routes.
Can you blame him?
Training camp is closing in, and Stafford hasn't taken snaps since Week 9 of last season.
Stay-at-home orders have been lifted in most states, and on Thursday Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer approved the return of professional sports. Still, the NFL and the NFLPA are erring on the side of caution with the start of training camps about a month away.
"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 last weekend. "Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months."
Stafford said in May that he's been taking extra measures during workouts to guard against the virus.
“Just trying to make sure we’re limiting the amount of people that are there. Obviously, it’s only the guy throwing and the guys catching. Trying to do that. I’m honestly making a conscious effort to try not to lick my fingers before I get the ball and throw it," he said. "All kinds of things I never thought I’d have to think about. At the moment, I am.
"Just trying to make sure we limit our contact. Some of the times in California, I’d throw and we’d be done and everybody would just click cleats and say, ‘I appreciate you running,’ ‘Appreciate you throwing,’ and move on. Doing everything we can to try to stay safe."
After missing the final eight games of last season due to a back injury, Stafford is fully healthy entering 2020.