Six members of the New England Patriots have opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, per NFL.com.
Pats head coach Bill Belichick expressed his respect and support for those players’ decisions in comments made to reporters during a Friday press conference (h/t Henry McKenna of USA Today).
“I respect all of them. … I talked to those guys and they explained their situations, and they had to make the decisions that were best for them, and I totally respect and support it.”
The six Pats who will sit out the 2020 season are linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, fullback Dan Vitale, running back Brandon Bolden and offensive linemen Marcus Cannon and Najee Toran.