Two new players from the New England Patriots decided to put an end to the 2020 season because of the risks associated with COVID-19 on Sunday. The Massachusetts team will now have to go without eight athletes if an NFL season takes place this year.
Marauder Matt LaCosse and receiver Marqise Lee join a group made up of Patrick Chung, Dont’a Hightower, Marcus Cannon, Danny Vitale, Brandon Bolden and Najee Toran, who have chosen to forfeit.
LaCosse played 11 games with the Patriots last season, his fifth in the NFL, catching 13 balls in addition to registering a touchdown. According to ESPN, the 27-year-old’s wife is pregnant and is expected to give birth by the end of the year.
Same story with Lee, who had her first child, a daughter, last February. He was scheduled to play a first season in New England after spending his entire career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The receiver missed the entire 2018 campaign with injury and only played six games in 2019.
Along with all this, the “Pats” also have a few significant injuries, including running back Sony Michel, receiver Mohamed Sanu and special teams member Brandon King.