Two other key gamers, Marcus Cannon and Dan Vitale, decided out on Monday

3 gamers who were anticipated to be essential cogs on the 2020 New England Patriots have actually reportedly pulled out of the NFL season due to the coroanvirus pandemic.

News first leaked out Monday that newly-signed fullback Dan Vitale had actually exercised his opt-out provision. With the departure of Tom Brady this offseason, Vitale, 26, was anticipated to be an important part of a run-heavy offense. His decision was likely influenced by the truth that he has a newborn child.

On Monday night, it was discovered that offensive deal with Marcus Cannon would likewise be deciding out. The 32-year-old would have been entering his 10th season in the league and was seen as a leader on the offensive line.

And now, ESPN reports that star linebacker Dont’a Hightower, the leader of a relatively inexperienced linebacking corps, won’t be playing either. Hightower, 30, is a two-time Pro Bowler and also has a brand-new infant.

Schefter stated running back Brandon Bolden is likewise sitting out, and offending lineman Najee Toran had actually opted out on Monday.

Patriots players are anticipated to report to Gillette Stadium on Tuesday for COVID-19 testing ahead of the start of training school. Quarterbacks and novices got here Monday.

The group’s first practice in full pads is scheduled for Saturday. No fans will be enabled.

The Patriots are arranged to begin the season at hoe on Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins.