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NFL and Players Association Agree on Season, as Chiefs Guard Sits Out

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The NFL Players Association announced late last week that it has reached an agreement with players about moving forward with the 2020 season.

According to reports, the NFLPA’s board approved the deal, 29-3.

NFL Network reports that the agreement will allow high-risk players to opt out from the upcoming season due ongoing concerns about the coronavirus.

In addition, the league plans to spread out the financial impact from the upcoming year over the next four seasons. They are projecting lower revenue due to the pandemic.

Last week, the Players Association announced that it was pushing for enhanced testing, treatment and contact tracing protocols as part of the deal.

On a related note, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a guard for the defending Super Bowl Champs Kansas City Chiefs, announced his decision ON Friday night to opt out of the 2020 NFL season.

That makes him the first NFL player to do so, after the NFLPA and league’s agreement on Friday to allow players to sit out the season.

Duvernay-Tardif played 14 games last season for the Chiefs.

Last April, Duvernay-Tardif was featured by Sports Illustrated, as he put his medical degree to use in fighting the coronavirus.

He wrote op-ed which appeared in the magazine about his experience working as a doctor during the pandemic.

On Friday, Duvernay-Tardif said, “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. 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.”