By Ben Warwick

DENVER (CBS4) – In a statement through the NFL Players Association, Broncos players said Tuesday that they will not take part in offseason workouts. Voluntary minicamps were set to start in less than a week.

The berm where fans can watch Broncos training camp at Dove Valley (credit: CBS)

The announcement was made through the NFLPA on Wednesday afternoon.

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The statement reads, in part: “With offseason programs starting in less than a week and without adequate protocols in place in order for us players to return safely, we will be exercising our right to not participate in voluntary offseason workouts.”

COVID numbers in Colorado are still on the rise, as of the last update from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Monday.

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“Positivity rates in our city are higher than they were at this time last year and we know players have been infected at club facilities in recent weeks,” the statement continues.

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CBS4 has reached out to the Broncos for a statement on the players’ move.

Ben Warwick