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NFL Lineman and Doctor Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has Opted Out of the Upcoming Season So He Can Continue to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Over the weekend, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif announced he won’t be playing in the upcoming NFL season.  He’s the only MD in the NFL and he’s been working as an orderly at a care facility in Canada the last few months, and it’s had a major effect on him.

He 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 to our communities simply to play the sport that I love.”

He says he thinks the Chiefs’ medical team has a good plan in place to minimize risks, but that they can’t eliminate them entirely.

Duvernay-Tardif will make the negotiated “Opt-Out” salary the NFL has in place of $150,000 instead of his normal salary of $2.8 million.


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