Middlettons family practice doctor, Dr. Michael J. McCat, said in a video posted Monday on his Facebook page that the practice is “going to stop wearing pads.”
“I can’t be part of a team that is not taking care of patients, I can’t help you with that,” McCat said in the video, which was posted to the doctor’s Facebook page and also featured on his website.
“I can only ask you, please do what you can to make the pads go away.”
McCat, who is a family practice pediatrician at the University of New Mexico and a member of the team’s medical staff, said that he had never before seen an NFL team begin using pads in the field.
He added that he has “never heard of this before.”
McClatchy New Mexico affiliate KGTV reported that the team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
McCat’s video is part of the group’s efforts to convince NFL teams to take action against the practice of keeping players in pads during football practices.
The practice is illegal in the NFL and has been in effect since 2005.
McClatches team, which plays in the National Football League’s West Division, will play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in Cleveland.
McCooper said in an interview last month that the group has had to change the number of pads it offers to players.
“We’ve been working on a plan for the next couple of weeks,” Cooper said.
“We’ve had to adjust how we do things, but the goal is to have pads on and players in them.”
Mccat said he hopes that he can help the practice get back to a “normal” practice routine for the team.
“It will take time, but it’s a good thing,” he said.
McCatchy has been working to get a new team’s team logo onto pads, with help from the NFLPA.