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Which NFL players are opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19?

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Some MLB and NBA players aren’t alone in their decisions to step away from their respective games for the 2020 season due to COVID-19, as numerous names across the NFL voiced their concerns and opted out before training camp began.

On July 24, 2020, the snowball began to roll when 29-year-old Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to say he won’t be suiting up in 2020.

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“I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities simply to play the sport that I love,” he wrote on social media. “If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”

From there, a multitude of players across a variety of teams decided to sit out the season, as well, with plenty following suit before the deadline officially passed for a decision.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, players considered high risk for COVID-19 can earn $350,000 and an accrued NFL season if they choose to opt out in 2020, while players without risk can earn $150,000.

Some may decide to opt out for medical reasons, both their own or a loved one’s. In some cases, players may sit out voluntarily for salary reasons if they are considered to be on the bubble heading into training camp.

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Take a look at the full list of players who decided to opt out, in alphabetical order:

(Last updated: August 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. ET) 

  • 49ers WR Travis Benjamin
  • 49ers OL Shon Coleman
  • Bears DT Eddie Goldman
  • Bears S Jordan Lucas
  • Bengals OL Isaiah Price
  • Bengals DT Josh Tupou
  • Bills CB E.J. Gaines
  • Bills DT Star Lotulelei
  • Broncos OL Ja’Wuan James
  • Broncos DT Kyle Peko
  • Browns DT Andrew Billings
  • Browns OL Drake Dorbeck
  • Browns OL Drew Forbes
  • Browns OL Colby Gossett
  • Browns OL Malcolm Pridgeon
  • Buccaneers OL Brad Seaton
  • Cardinals OL Marcus Gilbert
  • Chiefs RB Damien Williams
  • Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
  • Chiefs OL Lucas Niang
  • Colts S Rolan Milligan
  • Colts LB Skai Moore
  • Colts CB Marvell Tell
  • Cowboys FB Jamize Olawale
  • Cowboys CB Maurice Canady
  • Cowboys WR Stephen Guidry
  • Dolphins WR Allen Hurns
  • Dolphins WR Albert Wilson
  • Eagles WR Marquise Goodwin
  • Giants CB Sam Beal
  • Giants WR Da’Mari Scott
  • Giants OL Nate Solder
  • Jaguars DE/LB Lerentee McCray
  • Jaguars CB Rashaan Melvin
  • Jaguars DT Al Woods
  • Jets WR Josh Doctson
  • Jets LB C.J. Mosley
  • Jets OL Leo Koloamatangi
  • Lions WR Geronimo Allison
  • Lions DT John Atkins
  • Lions OL Russell Bodine
  • Packers WR Devin Funchess
  • Panthers LB Christian Miller
  • Panthers LB Jordan Mack
  • Patriots RB Brandon Bolden
  • Patriots FB Danny Vitale
  • Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower
  • Patriots OL Marcus Cannon
  • Patriots WR Marqise Lee
  • Patriots TE Matt LaCosse
  • Patriots OL Najee Toran
  • Patriots S Patrick Chung
  • Raiders LB Ukeme Eligwe
  • Raiders DB D.J. Killings
  • Raiders DE Jeremiah Valoaga
  • Rams OL Chandler Brewer
  • Ravens OL Andre Smith
  • Ravens WR De’Anthony Thomas
  • Saints TE Cole Wick
  • Saints TE Jason Vander Laan
  • Seahawks OL Chance Warmack
  • Texans DT Eddie Vanderdoes
  • Titans OL Anthony McKinney
  • Vikings DT Michael Pierce
  • Washington DL Caleb Brantley
  • Washington LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

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