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Chiefs starting guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opts out of 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 pandemic

•, By Josh Edwards

Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has opted out of his contract ahead of the upcoming NFL season because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The lineman wrote the following on Twitter

"Given the worldwide sanitary crisis we are currently experiencing, the NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to significant health and safety protocols to protect the players. There is no doubt in my mind the Chiefs' medical staff have put together a strong plan to minimize the health risks associated with COVID-19 but some risks will remain.

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 for me personally. That is why I have decided to take the Opt-Out Option negotiated by the League and the NFLPA and officially opt out of the 2020 NFL season.