At Least 67 Players Have Opted Out of the 2020 NFL Season – Here's the Full List

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Sixty-seven players so far have chosen to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns. The New England Patriots has the highest amount of players forgoing their spots in the team, with eight of their players opting out, followed by the Cleveland Browns with five. According to CBS Sports, players can opt out after the Aug. 6 NFL-imposed deadline only if “a close family member gets seriously sick with COVID or if they themselves are newly diagnosed with a high-risk condition.”

The first player to announce his decision was Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. The Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman has a doctorate in medicine and helped out on the front lines of the pandemic at a longterm care facility in Quebec near his hometown.

Being at the frontline during this offseason has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system,” Duvernay-Tardif shared on Instagram on July 24. “I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities simply to play the sport that I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”

Other players cited concerns over the health of their loved ones. The Dallas Cowboys’ Maurice Canady simply wrote on Twitter, “Family first money second.”

Keep reading for the full list of NFL player opt outs as of the deadline, according to ESPN and CBS Sports.

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NFL Player Opt-Out List For the 2020 Season


  • Travis Benjamin, wide receiver
  • Shon Coleman, offensive tackle
  • Jake Brendel, center


  • Eddie Goldman, defensive tackle
  • Jordan Lucas, safety


  • Isaiah Prince, offensive tackle
  • Josh Tupou, defensive tackle


  • E.J. Gaines, cornerback
  • Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle


  • Ja’Wuan James, offensive tackle
  • Kyle Peko, defensive tackle


  • Andrew Billings, defensive tackle
  • Drake Dorbeck, offensive tackle
  • Drew Forbes, guard
  • Colby Gossett, guard
  • Malcolm Pridgeon, guard


  • Brad Seaton, offensive tackle


  • Marcus Gilbert, offensive tackle


  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, guard
  • Lucas Niang, offensive tackle
  • Damien Williams, running back


  • Rolan Milligan, safety
  • Skai Moore, linebacker
  • Marvell Tell, safety


  • Maurice Canady, cornerback
  • Stephen Guidry, wide receiver
  • Jamize Olawale, fullback


  • Allen Hurns, wide receiver
  • Albert Wilson, wide receiver


  • Marquise Goodwin, wide receiver


  • Sam Beal, cornerback
  • Da’Mari Scott, wide receiver
  • Nate Solder, offensive tackle


  • Lerentee McCray, linebacker
  • Rashaan Melvin, cornerback
  • Al Woods, defensive tackle


  • Josh Doctson, wide receiver
  • Leo Koloamatangi, offensive lineman
  • C.J. Mosley, linebacker


  • Geronimo Allison, wide receiver
  • John Atkins, defensive tackle
  • Russell Bodine, center


  • Devin Funchess, wide receiver


  • Jordan Mack, linebacker
  • Christian Miller, linebacker


  • Brandon Bolden, running back
  • Marcus Cannon, offensive tackle
  • Patrick Chung, safety
  • Dont’a Hightower, linebacker
  • Matt LaCosse, tight end
  • Marqise Lee, wide receiver
  • Najee Toran, offensive lineman
  • Danny Vitale, fullback


  • Ukeme Eligwe, linebacker
  • D.J. Killings, cornerback
  • Jeremiah Valoaga, defensive end


  • Chandler Brewer, offensive tackle


  • Andre Smith, offensive tackle
  • De’Anthony Thomas, wide receiver


  • Jason Vander Laan, tight end
  • Cole Wick, tight end


  • Chance Warmack, guard


  • Eddie Vanderdoes, defensive tackle


  • Anthony McKinney, offensive tackle


  • Michael Pierce, defensive tackle

Washington Football Team

  • Caleb Brantley, defensive tackle
  • Josh Harvey-Clemons, linebacker

The NFL season is scheduled to begin on Sept. 10.

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