Bucs LT: Not sure playing is worth the risk

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With the coronavirus still raging in the United States, particularly in Florida, Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith says he doesn’t think to play football is “a risk worth taking” this season. In a lengthy Instagram post on Friday that tagged the NFL and the players union, Smith slammed several aspects of the league’s safety and testing protocol and expressed concern as he’s expecting his first child in less than a month. Playing football, he said, simply doesn’t seem safe given the close contact to others that the game requires.

“The unfortunate events of the COVID-19 pandemic have put a halt to a lot of things. Football is not one. To continue discussing the many UNKNOWNS do not give me the comfort,” Smith wrote. “Risking my health as well as my family’s health does not seem like a risk worth taking. With my first child due in three weeks, I can’t help but think about how will I be able to go to work and take proper precautions around 80+ people everyday to then go home to be with my newborn daughter.
“How can a sport that requires physical contact on every snap and transferal of all types of bodily fluid EVERY SINGLE PLAY practice safe social distancing? How can I make sure that I don’t bring COVID-19 back to my household? Yes, we can get tested every day, but if it takes 24 hours to get my results, how can I know each day that I am not spreading this virus or contracting it?
“The reoccurring issue here is how? There are too many ‘hows’ that have yet to be answered to ease player concerns and ensure the safety of not only myself, but also my family. I just can’t imagine how the game will be the same during these unprecedented times.”

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