Kansas City Chiefs' Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has opted out of playing in the upcoming NFL season.
The Super Bowl-winning offensive lineman has cited concerns over the risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duvernay-Tardif is also a medical doctor and worked at a clinic in Canada this summer.
ESPN report that players that opt of playing in the upcoming campaign due to concerns will receive $350,000 of their salaries.
"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," Duvernay-Tardif posted on Twitter. "That is why I have decided to take the opt-out option."
"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," added Duvernay-Tardif, who started 14 games for the Super Bowl champions last season.
"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."
Players reached a collective bargaining agreement with the league last night which paves the way for training camps ahead of the upcoming season.