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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opts out of new NFL season


Kansas City Chiefs' Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has opted out of playing in the upcoming NFL season.

The Super Bowl-winning offensive lineman has cited concerns over the risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duvernay-Tardif is also a medical doctor and worked at a clinic in Canada this summer.

ESPN report that players that opt of playing in the upcoming campaign due to concerns will receive $350,000 of their salaries.

"This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right," Duvernay-Tardif posted on Twitter. "That is why I have decided to take the opt-out option."

"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," added Duvernay-Tardif, who started 14 games for the Super Bowl champions last season.

"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."

Players reached a collective bargaining agreement with the league last night which paves the way for training camps ahead of the upcoming season.



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