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Report: NFL players must decide whether or not to opt out by Wednesday

Report: NFL players must decide whether or not to opt out by Wednesday

The clock is ticking for NFL players to make a decision regarding their playing status for the 2020 season.

The league is expected to set an opt-out deadline for Wednesday, August 5, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. While the decision is not finalized, Wednesday's deadline appears imminent.

Across the NFL, we've seen several players opt-out of the 2020 season as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the United States. The New England Patriots have seen a league-high eight players forego the 2020 season. While none of the league's top stars have decided to sit out the 2020 season -- yet -- New York Jets Jets Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley and Chiefs Super Bowl hero Damien Williams headline the most notable players to opt-out.

Locally, Washington has had just one player -- defensive lineman Caleb Brantley -- opt-out, while the Ravens have lost two players for the season in De'Anthony Thomas and Andre Smith.

There's a reason the NFL is setting its opt-out deadline for nearly six weeks before Week 1. According to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, the league wants to shorten its opt-out window because teams feel that players on the roster bubble are using the benefits of opting out as leverage.

For players that choose to forego the 2020 season, they will either earn a $350,000 stipend (for players who are deemed high-risk) or a $150,000 stiped (those not deemed high-risk).

The NFL is not the only league to see its players decide to skip the season in the midst of a pandemic. Several NBA players opted not to travel to Orlando for the season's resumption, while the MLB is still seeing players opt-out two weeks into its season.

With the NFL's opt-out reported deadline less than four days away, it's likely more will join the nearly 40 different players that have decided to pass on the season.

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Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain opts out of 2020 MLB season

Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain opts out of 2020 MLB season

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has opted out of the remainder 2020 MLB season, the team announced on Saturday.

"Lorenzo Cain has informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season. We fully support Lorenzo's decision, and we will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse," the Brewers said in a statement.

Milwaukee was scheduled to play the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend, but the first two games of the series have been postponed as the Cardinals deal with positive coronavirus tests in the organization.

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St. Louis is not the only team feeling the impact of the pandemic, as an outbreak on the Miami Marlins led to the Marlins, Phillies, Blue Jays, Yankees, Nationals and Orioles all having games postponed. Though the Brewers have not reported any positive cases as of late, Cain may be taking a precautionary measure as the situation continues to worsen across the league.

Cain, a two-time All-Star, began the shortened season on the Brewers active roster and appeared in five games hitting .333. The veteran outfielder's absence will leave a hole in Milwaukee's lineup and defense.

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Former National Mark DeRosa on MLB postponements: 'Players are gonna get so frustrated'

Former National Mark DeRosa on MLB postponements: 'Players are gonna get so frustrated'

After an 18th Miami Marlins player and two St. Louis Cardinals tested positive for coronavirus, Major League Baseball was forced to postpone Friday afternoon's game between the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. That added to the long list of Marlins games already sitting on the shelf.

This is a troubling trend around baseball, and one that has so many around the sport worried that it might be too much to manage.

Count former Washington Nationals infielder and current MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa as someone who's very concerned about the state of Major League Baseball:

"The numbers are gonna be so skewed, the players are gonna get so frustrated," DeRosa said Friday on MLB Network. "And I don't know what the answer is scheduling wise. You don't know what team is gonna pop up. Perfect example you started to see last night -- the rain delays and certain things. Players wanna stay safe from COVID, they also want to protect their health playing. We're seeing a lot of guys getting dinged up early, and I think a lot of that has to do with start and stop and how we're trying to figure out." 

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There are now six teams postponing games due to positive coronavirus tests, including the Nats, who were supposed to start a three-game series in Miami Friday.

Positive tests were certainly expected, but one of the big issues surrounding all this is that no one seems to have a threshold as to when it's too much. MLB has said it will start doing seven inning double headers starting Aug. 1 which can help make up games, but what if another team has a major outbreak like the Marlins?

The NBA and NHL have had great early returns on their bubble formats, and many are suggesting MLB should do the same. But the logistics of pausing the season to reformat everything would be a nightmare. 

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DeRosa did add though, he thinks baseball is still doing all they can to try and make this work. "The thing I would say to the players," DeRosa continued, "it's easy for me to sit on this couch. Believe in your heart that Rob Manfred is trying. I know they're probably not agreeing with that statement because of everything that went on to get back on the field. But from a safety standpoint, the league's going to the Nth degree to try and get this thing done."

Whether or not that Nth degree will be enough, certainly still needs to be determined. 

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