The 2020 NFL season is approaching rapidly despite the fact that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon. With the physicality and close contact that comes with football, there are obvious concerns for players. Already we’re seeing players decide to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns and this list will continue to grow as training camp and the regular season inch closer.
As of late July, the New England Patriots are the team with the most players opting out of the season. Dont’a Hightower, Najee Toran, and Marcus Cannon are among the notable Patriots who are staying home. Hightower and his wife recently gave birth to a son and his mother has Type 2 diabetes, putting her in a high-risk category should she come down with coronavirus. The Hightower news and subsequent reasoning for his decision was first reported by Michael Giardi of NFL Network.
So far, only a handful of players have made the decision to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season, but we can expect this list to grow in the coming weeks. It only took a week for the MLB to experience a major outbreak that has thrown its season into disarray. Baseball is a sport where players are socially distanced pretty much at all times. That is not the case with football and as a result, NFL games are primed for an outbreak if the proper precautions are not taken.
Here’s the list of NFL players who have opted-out of the 2020 NFL season:
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Rams
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
New York Jets
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