Steelers players release statement saying they won't participate in voluntary in-person OTAs

Updated: May 25, 2021

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In a statement released on behalf of the Steelers players today, the players expressed they'll exercise their right to not participate in voluntary in-person activities for health and safety reasons.

Their statement read the following: “We should not be made to compromise our health and safety. 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 of the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to exercise our right to not participate in voluntary in-person activities.

“A virtual offseason helped keep us safe to not only start, but finish the regular season as safely as possible and it makes no sense for us to risk infection or injury in the spring if we don’t have to.”

Along with Steelers players, a slew of other organizations' players have decided they won’t go to OTAs. Opting for it to be virtual like last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing.

Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward, who is the team's union representative, last Friday night posted a series of tweets in response to discussions between the NFL and NFLPA on in-person OTAs this spring.

Heyward started his thread by saying, "Can we all agree we love football?"