When Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate announced Wednesday he contracted COVID-19 earlier this offseason, many had the same thought.
Didn't Brate attend several informal workouts with former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and other Bucs teammates this summer? And did he infect anyone else during those workouts -- or get COVID-19 as a result of attending?
Brate assured reporters in a Zoom call Thursday that both scenarios weren't the case: He contracted COVID-19 from his fiancée, Brooke, who started experiencing symptoms a few months ago and led Brate to self-quarantine before he tested positive for the virus.
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"The way things worked out, I kind of was already in quarantine before I had a positive test or anything," Brate said, via ESPN.com's Jenna Laine. "I think the guys continued to work out and luckily I wasn't putting anyone at risk, which was great."
Still, the veteran tight end admitted holding group workouts amid a global pandemic probably wasn't the safest course of action -- despite the extra precautions Brate says Brady and his Bucs teammates took.
"We just tried to avoid the risk of exposure to each other as much as possible," Brate said. "We weren't huddling up, we weren't hugging each other or anything like that.
"We were just having a little catch outside so it was kind of a calculated risk, I would say, that we took in that regard. We did the best we could to try to maintain social distance and really not have too much close interactions with one another."
Brady, Brate and a group of roughly 10 Bucs skill players began working out together in the Tampa area as early as May and continued those workouts despite the NFL Players Association urging players not to gather in groups to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Brady received some criticism for his defiance in the face of a global pandemic, but Brate came to his QB's defense by suggesting the Bucs weren't alone in getting workouts in.
"We weren't the only quarterbacks and receivers doing that across the league, although I think we were the only ones that had a helicopter above us filming it -- that was interesting for sure," Brate said.
While the Bucs had a handful of individuals test positive for COVID-19 last month, it appears these informal workouts didn't contribute to the spread of the virus, which is relieving news as the team begins training camp this week.