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:

 

Arizona Cardinals

 Marcus Gilbert, OL

Baltimore Ravens

Andre Smith, OT
De’Anthony Thomas, WR

 

Buffalo Bills

Star Lotulelei, DT
E.J. Gaines, CB

 

Carolina Panthers

Jordan Mack, LB
Christian Miller, DE

 

Chicago Bears

Eddie Goldman, DT
Jordan Lucas, S

 

Cleveland Browns

Drake Dorbeck, OL
Drew Forbes, OL 
Andrew Billings, DT
Colby Gossett, OL

 

 Cincinnati Bengals

Isaiah Prince, OT
Josh Tupou, DT

 

Dallas Cowboys

Maurice Canady, CB
Stephen Guidry, WR
Jamize Olawale, FB

 

Denver Broncos

Kyle Peko, DT
JaWuan James 

Detroit Lions

 John Atkins, DT
Geronimo Allison, WR
Russell Bodine, C

 

Green Bay Packers

Devin Funchess, WR

 

Houston Texans

Eddie Vanderdoes, DT

 

Indianapolis Colts

Rolan Milligan, DB
Skai Moore, LB
Marvell Tell, DB

Jacksonville Jaguars

Al Woods, DL
Lerentee McCray, DE
Rashaan Melvin, CB

 

Kansas City Chiefs

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OL
Damien Williams, RB
Lucas Niang, OL

 

Las Vegas Raiders

D.J. Killings, DB
Jeremiah Valoaga, DE
Ukemi Eligwe, LB

 

Los Angeles Rams

Chandler Brewer, OT

 

 

Miami Dolphins

Allen Hurns, WR
Albert Wilson, WR

 

Minnesota Vikings

 Michael Pierce, DT

 

New England Patriots

Brandon Bolden, RB
Dont’a Hightower, LB
Najee Toran, OG
Danny Vitale, FB
Marcus Cannon, OL
Patrick Chung, S
Marqise Lee, WR
Matt LaCosse, TE

 

New Orleans Saints

Cole Wick, TE
Jason Vander Laan, TE

 

New York Giants

Nate Solder, OL
Da’Mari Scott, WR
Sam Beal, DB

 

New York Jets

Leo Koloamatangi, OL 
C.J. Mosley, LB

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 Marquise Goodwin, WR

 

Seattle Seahawks

Chance Warmack, OL

 

Tennessee Titans

Anthony McKinney, OL

 

Washington

Caleb Brantley, DE
Josh Harvey-Clemson, LB

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