Several NFL players have opted out of the upcoming season, as tension mounts in MLB after a COVID-19 outbreak forced the cancelation of games.
Seattle Seahawks guard Chance Warmack and Cowboys corner back Maurice Canady are exercising their options to opt out for the season, as well as New England Patriots fullback Danny Vitale and Patriots guard Najee Toran. The Baltimore Ravens announced on Monday that wide receiver and return specialist De'Anthony Thomas has been added to the team’s reserve list as a voluntary opt-out. Washington defensive end Caleb Brantley was granted a “high-risk” opt-out, a designation that allows him to collect a $350,000 stipend and an accrued season These players join Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who on Friday became the first NFL player to opt out of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The planned NFL season will face many of the same challenges as MLB, which was forced to postpone two games on Monday after at least 11 members of the Miami Marlins roster and coaching staff reportedly tested for COVID-19. The outbreak occurred just days into the start of the postponed baseball season
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