Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns
Dec 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns (17) runs with the ball after a catch against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins veteran receiver Allen Hurns joined a growing list of NFL players who are opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

Allen Hurns opts out of NFL season with baby boy on the way

In a Twitter post Tuesday, Hurns said it “definitely wasn’t an easy decision” to opt out. However, he made it “to do what’s best for my family…especially with a baby boy on the way.”

Many other players have made the hard choice to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to young children in their homes as well.

Allen Hurns put up big stats when healthy with the Jaguars

Hurns, 28, was originally an undrafted rookie in 2014 out of Miami (FL). He earned a starting spot with the Jacksonville Jaguars that summer and put up 115 receptions for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Unfortunately, injuries derailed his career, and he missed games in each of his next two seasons.

All told, playing six seasons for the Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins, Hurns has caught 241 passes for 3,380 yards and 25 touchdowns appearing in 82 career games.

List of NFL players opting out of 2020 NFL season

The deadline for NFL players to opt out of the 2020 season is Thursday, August 6. To date, here’s a list of the players who have made that decision:

  • New England Patriots: Patrick Chung, Dont’a Hightower, Marcus Cannon, Brandon Bolden, Marqise Lee, Danny Vitale, Najee Toran, Matt LaCosse
  • Baltimore Ravens: Andre Smith, De’Anthony Thomas
  • Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Canady, Stephen Guidry, Jamize Olawale
  • New Orleans Saints: Cole Wick, Jason Vander Laan
  • Kansas City Chiefs: Damien WilliamsLaurent Duvernay-Tardif
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Lerentee McCray, Al Woods
  • Buffalo Bills: Star Lotulelei, E.J. Gaines
  • New York Jets: C.J. Mosley, Leo Koloamatangi
  • New York Giants: Nate Solder, Da’Mari Scott
  • Denver Broncos: Ja’Wuan James, Kyle Peko
  • Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Tupou, Isaiah Prince
  • Detroit Lions: Geronimo Allison, John Atikins
  • Cleveland Browns: Drake Dorbeck, Drew Forbes
  • Las Vegas Raiders: D.J. Killings, Jeremiah Valoage
  • Chicago Bears: Eddie Goldman, Jordan Lucas
  • Washington Football Team: Caleb Brantley, Josh Harvey-Clemons
  • Carolina Panthers: Jordan Mack, Christian Miller
  • Los Angeles Rams: Chandler Brewer
  • Green Bay Packers: Devin Funchess
  • Houston Texans: Eddie Vanderdoes
  • Minnesota Vikings: Michael Pierce
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Marquise Goodwin
  • Seattle Seahawks: Chance Warmack
  • Tennessee Titans: Anthony McKinney
  • Cleveland Browns: Andrew Billings
  • Miami Dolphins: Allen Hurns