Jason McCourty: ‘I think we all have fears’ of returning to work

Andy Hart
May 27, 2020 - 2:50 pm

As one of the “few guys” coming back from 2019 injuries, Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty has been at Gillette Stadium regularly this offseason, allowed to rehab despite the coronavirus pandemic that has otherwise shut down not only NFL facilities but most of the country.

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If all goes as planned, though, NFL teams will be returning to their facilities on a larger scale in the coming weeks and months, moving towards practices, mini-camps and training camp.

In a Wednesday afternoon WebEx call with the local media, McCourty admitted that a full-team return to work will be a reason for anxiety for players, just as it will be for the rest of the world as states move through the reopening phases.

“I think moving forward, I think we all have fears. I think, for me, fear of going back to work is no different than the fear of walking into a restaurant and sitting down to have dinner,” McCourty said. “So, I think this is something that we’re all going to have to deal with. At some point we’re going to start back up, Massachusetts and every other state around the country, I saw some in the south already began to open up.

“So I think as players we’re going to go through the same fears that a lot of other people in our country are going to go through. You have to figure it out the best way and when they tell us to come back to work, we have to as individuals make sure, hey, to my standard I feel like this is safe enough and I’m ready to commit to it and I’m ready to do it. And if not, you have to go about whatever you feel is best for you and your family.”

McCourty said that the rehab work he’s taken part in at Gillette has followed all the health safety guidelines and that it doesn’t really provide him respite from quarantine life because it’s a short visit and all there really is to talk about is quarantine life and then had back home to that world.

“It’s been normal, and normal in a sense that the numbers are so few that it’s not anything that is different than anything that’s going on throughout our country right now,” McCourty said of his Gillette rehab sessions. “You go to the grocery store, everybody has on a mask, has on gloves. You can’t go to a gas station without someone doing the same. So I think in that regards it’s been normal to the practices that’s gone on throughout every community.”

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