As the sports world now is underway despite the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is next up. There will be questions and concerns aplenty, too.
Before training camp even begins, several players already have decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to health concerns. That list is bound to grow as well.
Here is who will not be suiting up this season as the virus continues to run rampant.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OG, Kansas City Chiefs
Duvernay-Tardif, who has a medical degree from and has been working as an orderly at a long-term care facility in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec during the pandemic, became the first player to opt out of the 2020 season. The Chiefs' starting offensive guard tweeted his reasoning on July 24.
My decision regarding the 2020 NFL season pic.twitter.com/jrY3nZfNWO— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) July 25, 2020
De'Anthony Thomas, WR/KR, Baltimore Ravens
Return specialist De'Anthony Thomas voluntarily opted out of the season, the Ravens announced Monday.
We have waived G Evan Adams, G Daishawn Dixon, T R.J. Prince and K Nick Vogel.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 27, 2020
TE Jacob Breeland has been placed on the active non-football injury list.
WR De'Anthony Thomas has been added to the reserve list (voluntary opt-out).
Chance Warmack, OG, Seattle Seahawks
NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that Warmack has opted out of the season. Warmack, who signed with the Seahawks this spring, also sat out last season
#Seahawks OL Chance Warmack will be taking a voluntary opt-out for this season, source says. The former 10th overall pick, who sat out last season, had signed with Seattle in the spring.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 27, 2020
Maurice Canady, CB, Dallas Cowboys
Garafolo also reported Monday that Canady is opting out of the season as well.
Marcus Cannon, OL, New England Patriots
Cannon, who battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, will not play in 2020.
Can confirm Patriots OT Marcus Cannon has decided to opt out, per source (as @kguregian said). He’s set to receive the $350,000 high-risk amount as a cancer survivor.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 28, 2020
Danny Vitale, FB, New England Patriots
Vitale and his wife recently had a baby, so the fullback will not be participating in the 2020 season.
Agent Leigh Steinberg confirms to @JarrettBell that Patriots FB Danny Vitale is opting out for the 2020 season. Vitale and his wife, Caley, are parents to a newborn baby.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) July 27, 2020
Jarrett's story: https://t.co/26GVAfawmL
Dont'a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots
Hightower, who has a two-week-old son, is choosing to protect his family's safety.
A message from #Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower, one of the highest profile players opting out amid the Coronavirus: “Me and my fiancée are just more concerned with the health of our family than football — especially the new addition to our family.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2020
Hightower has a 2-week-old son.
Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Bolden is one of five Patriots to opt-out of the season.
And so Patriots RB Brandon Bolden also is planning to opt out of the 2020 season, which would make him the fifth New England player to miss this season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2020
Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots
Add another Patriot to the list.
Patriots safety Patrick Chung tells me that he plans to opt out of the 2020 season. He is the sixth Patriots player to do so.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) July 28, 2020
Najee Toran, OL, New England Patriots
Make that six Patriots.
Report: Patriots guard Najee Toran opts out of 2020 season https://t.co/woo3S2hGtQ— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 27, 2020
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
The former 49ers receiver announced he will not play this season after the birth of his daughter in February.
Eagles WR Marquise Goodwin after heartbreak losing babies with his wife, says his newborn is why he is opting out 🙏🏼— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 28, 2020
“I am choosing my family first.
I won’t take the chance of experiencing another loss because of my selfish decision making”
🎥 @marquisegoodwin pic.twitter.com/I4M8CbafRV
Andre Smith, OL, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens announced Smith joined his teammate, De'Anthony Thomas, in opting out this year.
The Ravens have had two players opt out of playing this year and there are more around the league. pic.twitter.com/1eIIOS8QIx— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 28, 2020
Star Lotulelei, DT, Buffalo Bills
The Bills announced former first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei has opted out.
Stephen Guidry, WR, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys annoinced undrafted rookie Stephen Guidry has opted out.
Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers
Funchess announced on Instagram that he has opted out of the season.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Houston Texans
The former Raiders defensive lineman will not play in 2020.
Texans' Eddie Vanderdoes opts out https://t.co/XD3g9i1aJn— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 28, 2020
Cole Wick, TE, New Orleans Saints
The veteran tight end will not play this season, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.
More opt-outs: #Saints veteran TE Cole Wick and #Titans undrafted rookie OL Anthony McKinney are opting out of the 2020 season, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 28, 2020
Worth noting: Undrafted rookies who take the voluntary opt-out aren’t eligible for the $150,000 salary advance.
Michael Pierce, DT, Minnesota Vikings
Pierce, who signed a three-year, $27 million contract this offseson, is high-risk and has opted out.
DT Michael Pierce has been placed on Reserve/Opt-Out.— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) July 28, 2020
CB Nevelle Clarke and WR Quartney Davis have been placed on Active/Non-Football Injury.
Nate Solder, LT, New York Giants
Solder opted out of the season, citing family's health concerns.
Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
The star of Super Bowl LIV has opted out of the season, the Chiefs announced.
Statement from GM Brett Veach— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) July 29, 2020
“Damien Williams informed the club of his decision to opt out of the 2020 season." pic.twitter.com/dEQ2sUs9u2
Chandler Brewer, C, Los Angeles Rams
Brewer played seven games with the Rams after signing as an undrafted free agent last summer.
“With my history with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, I am at high risk and will opt out of playing in the NFL this season,” Brewer said in a statement posted to the team’s website. “I would like to thank the Rams for their support and I look forward to getting back on the field in 2021 and beyond."
Marquise Lee, WR, New England Patriots
The USC product became a father for the first time in February, and cited his newborn daughter as a major factor in his decision.
"This is a big sit-down process I had, with me and my significant other, as far as family goes. The risk factor in which we believe that's going out there, it just wasn't worth it in a sense. Just too many unknowns," Lee told ESPN.com.
C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets
The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker is citing family health concerns as his reason for opting out, ESPN's Rich Cimini reported Saturday.
BREAKING: Jets LB CJ Mosley has decided to opt out for 2020 due to family health concerns, sources tell ESPN. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 1, 2020
E.J. Gaines, CB, Buffalo Bills
Bills general manager Brandon Beane says the cornerback will sit out the 2020 season.
Bills’ GM Brandon Beane said CB EJ Gaines is opting out of the 2020 season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2020
Matt LaCosse, TE, New England Patriots
Matt LaCosse is the eighth Patriot to opt out of the season.
Patriots TE Matt LaCosse is opting out of the 2020 season, per source. He becomes the 8th Patriot to make the decision to opt out.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 2, 2020
Da'Mari Scott, WR, New York Giants
The Giants were informed by Scott that he is opting out of the 2020 season.
Giants’ WR Da'Mari Scott informed the team he will opt out of the 2020 season. Scott is the second Giant to opt out, joining OT Nate Solder.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2020
Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing a source, that Allison has decided to opt out of the season.
And another: Lions’ WR Geronimo Allison is opting out of the 2020 season, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2020
D.J. Killings, CB and Jeremiah Valoaga, DE, Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders announced Monday that Killings and Valoaga opted out of the season.
Travis Benjamin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
A day after general manager John Lynch said he didn't expect any 49ers to opt out of the season, Benjamin announced on Twitter that he was doing just that.
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