66 Players Opt-Out For 2020 NFL Season

Only 65 NFL players have elected to opt-out for the upcoming season, as of Thursday, August 6 at 4 p.m. eastern. (PHOTO COURTESY: Getty Images/Forbes.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The deadline for opting out for the upcoming National Football League (NFL) season has passed. 66 players, including eight members of the New England Patriots, will not be suiting up for their respective team this fall.

Here are some of the marquee players that will not be playing football this fall:

  • Travis Benjamin (San Francisco 49ers | Wide Receiver)
  • Marcus Cannon (New England Patriots | Offensive Tackle)
  • Patrick Chung (New England Patriots | Safety)
  • Devin Funchess (Green Bay Packers | Wide Receiver)
  • Marquise Goodwin (Philadelphia Eagles | Wide Receiver)
  • Dont’a Hightower (New England Patriots | Linebacker)
  • C.J. Mosley (New York Jets | Linebacker)
  • Andre Smith (Baltimore Ravens | Offensive Tackle)
  • Nate Solder (New York Giants | Offensive Tackle)
  • Damien Williams (Kansas City Chiefs | Running Back)

It is likely this list will grow as the preseason progresses, especially when teams begin practicing in pads. Yet, for players to opt-out, later this morning or once the 2020 season begins, they would have to get a new diagnosis that deems them high-risk. Additionally, players can opt-out if a family member dies, is hospitalized, or moved to a medical facility because of Covid-19.

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