Three-time Tremendous Bowl champion Dont’a Hightower and long-time sort out Marcus Cannon each confirmed on Tuesday they would not play this 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Me and my fiancée are simply extra involved with the well being of our household than soccer — particularly the brand new addition to our household,” Hightower, who turned a father earlier this month, informed the NFL Community. Hightower’s mom L’Tanya additionally has Sort 2 diabetes, he stated, and the linebacker’s basis raises cash annually for the American Diabetes Affiliation.
Marcus Cannon, a 32-year-old offensive sort out with two Tremendous Bowl wins beneath his belt, additionally selected to choose out on account of him having a excessive danger on account of preexisting medical circumstances, his agent informed CNN.
Patrick Chung, the crew’s beginning security, informed ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss he’d choose out as effectively. On Sunday evening, Chung informed the podcast “Double Protection” he and his spouse had been anticipating a child, in line with Riess.The three gamers be a part of working backs Brandon Bolden and Danny Vitale, in addition to offensive linemen Najee Toran in sitting this one out, in line with ESPN, that means the Patriots account for about one-third of all gamers who’ve stated they’d choose out.
The wave of Patriots opt-outs come amid an ever-changing panorama in US skilled sports activities, as leagues wrestle to find out how greatest to proceed with video games amid an ongoing international pandemic.
Lower than one week after Main League Baseball kicked off its delayed 2020 season, 17 members of the Miami Marlins examined posted for Covid-19 ensuing within the postponement of 4 video games up to now. In the meantime the NFL has canceled all of its preseason video games, whereas the NHL and NBA are making ready to renew their leagues safely, they hope, in restricted bubbles.
NFL gamers who voluntarily choose out will obtain a $150,000 wage advance because of settlement between the league and the NFL Participant’s Affiliation. Gamers who’re “high-risk” are paid a further bonus.
Any pay past that might be rolled over into the next season.
Hightower, who was getting into the ultimate 12 months of his contract, had been scheduled to earn a base wage of $eight million, cash he would now see if he performs in 2021.
The deadline date for gamers to tell groups of their plans to choose out of the upcoming season has not been finalized with the Nationwide Soccer League Gamers Affiliation, a league spokesperson informed CNN.
The Patriots are scheduled to open the season at house towards the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept.13.
CNN’s Wayne Sterling contributed to this story.