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NFL Players Opting Out Due to COVID-19

When it comes to the 2020 NFL season, the COVID-19 global pandemic has eliminated the preseason and uncertainty remains in terms of whether or not the NFL will be able to play a full 256-game NFL regular season.

As the NFL won't play in a bubble like the NBA or NHL, we've seen how a (mostly) non-contact sport like MLB can be impacted by coronavirus outbreaks on a team as games and series have been canceled.

One certainty is that 67 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season by the August 6th deadline.

Three teams -- Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers -- have had no players opt out of the 2020 NFL season. The other 29 NFL franchises have all had at least one player opt out.

No team had more players opt out than the New England Patriots (eight). The Cleveland Browns (five) and New York Giants (four) were the only other teams with more than three players opting out.

The table below (sorted by NFL franchise) includes the full list of players that have opted out of the 2020 NFL season.

Marcus GilbertOTArizona Cardinals
Andre SmithOLBaltimore Ravens
De'Anthony ThomasKRBaltimore Ravens
E.J. GainesCBBuffalo Bills
Star LotuleleiDTBuffalo Bills
Christian MillerLBCarolina Panthers
Jordan MackLBCarolina Panthers
Eddie GoldmanDTChicago Bears
Jordan LucasSChicago Bears
Isaiah PrinceOTCincinnati Bengals
Josh TupouDTCincinnati Bengals
Andrew BillingsDTCleveland Browns
Colby GossettGCleveland Browns
Drake DorbeckOTCleveland Browns
Drew ForbesGCleveland Browns
Malcolm PridgeonGCleveland Browns
Jamize OlawaleFBDallas Cowboys
Maurice CandyCBDallas Cowboys
Stephen GuidryWRDallas Cowboys
Ja'Wuan JamesOTDenver Broncos
Kyle PekoDTDenver Broncos
Geronimo AllisonWRDetroit Lions
John AtkinsDTDetroit Lions
Russell BodineCDetroit Lions
Devin FunchessWRGreen Bay Packers
Eddie VanderdoesDTHouston Texans
Marvell TellDBIndianapolis Colts
Rolan MilliganDBIndianapolis Colts
Skai MooreLBIndianapolis Colts
Al WoodsDTJacksonville Jaguars
Lerentee McCrayDE/LBJacksonville Jaguars
Rashaan MelvinCBJacksonville Jaguars
Damien WilliamsRBKansas City Chiefs
Laurent Duvernay-TardifOLKansas City Chiefs
Lucas NiangOTKansas City Chiefs
Chandler BrewerOTLos Angeles Rams
D.J. KillingsDBLas Vegas Raiders
Jeremiah ValoagaDE/LBLas Vegas Raiders
Ukeme EligweLBLas Vegas Raiders
Albert WilsonWRMiami Dolphins
Allen HurnsWRMiami Dolphins
Michael PierceDTMinnesota Vikings
Brandon BoldenTBNew England Patriots
Danny VitaleFBNew England Patriots
Dont'a HightowerLBNew England Patriots
Marcus CannonOLNew England Patriots
Marqise LeeWRNew England Patriots
Matt LaCosseTENew England Patriots
Najee ToranGNew England Patriots
Patrick ChungSNew England Patriots
Cole WickTENew Orleans Saints
Jason Vander LaanTENew Orleans Saints
Da'Mari ScottWRNew York Giants
Josh DoctsonWRNew York Giants
Nate SolderOTNew York Giants
Sam BealCBNew York Giants
C.J. MosleyLBNew York Jets
Leo KoloamatangiOLNew York Jets
Marquise GoodwinWRPhiladelphia Eagles
Chance WarmackOLSeattle Seahawks
Jake BrendelCSan Francisco 49ers
Shon ColemanOTSan Francisco 49ers
Travis BenjaminWRSan Francisco 49ers
Brad SeatonOTTampa Bay Buccaneers
Anthony McKinneyOLTennessee Titans
Caleb BrantleyDLWashington
Josh Harvey-ClemonsLBWashington

The NFL has created a three-game IR for players that test positive for COVID-19 during the season. We will track those cases separately.

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