Carson Wentz will ‘fully respect’ any player’s decision to opt out of season
Carson Wentz feels that the Philadelphia Eagles are well-prepared to handle coronavirus-related protocols as the team welcomes back players and training camp gets underway.
Despite his own comfort level with the situation, the superstar quarterback won’t begrudge any player who elects to opt out of the 2020 NFL season over COVID-19 concerns.
“I feel safe here,” Wentz said this week, per Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “You never know how this is going to fully unfold but I feel safe here. It was something that my wife and I talked about, prayed a lot about and we feel good with our decision.
“But at the same time, completely respect the guys that did decide to opt out for personal reasons, family reasons, health reasons, like Marquise Goodwin. I talked to him the other day. Fully respect this decision. Obviously, I’m bummed that I’m not going to be able to play with him. But fully respect those guys’ decisions that do (opt out) for a number of reasons.”
As of Friday morning, 32 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is the only Eagles player who has opted out thus far, but Lane Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus. The veteran guard is joined on Reserve/COVID-19 list by Nathan Gerry and Jordan Mailata.
The NFL is attempting to pull off the daunting task of proceeding with the 2020 season as scheduled amid the ongoing and worsening coronavirus pandemic. Given how Major League Baseball is presently battling an outbreak of COVID-19 on several teams — with the Miami Marlins the most severely hit — it’s understandable that many NFL players are concerned about putting their health at risk by taking part in the 2020 campaign.
Despite the skepticism about the season actually being held, a pragmatic Wentz believes accomplishing as much is possible, even without the safety of a bubble environment enjoyed by the NBA and NHL.
“I like to look at it as the glass half full,” Wentz said. “I’m optimistic that we can execute all the protocols, guys can stay safe, guys can stay healthy.
“But I’m also not an idiot. You just don’t fully know how everything is going to unfold. So until something changes, I’m going to be here, I’m going to be working, I’m going to be ready to go just like all my teammates.
If the NFL manages to kick off the 2020 season on time and as planned, the Eagles will open their campaign against the Washington Football Team in a divisional showdown on Sept. 13.