New York Giants' offensive tackle Nate Solder on Wednesday became the team's first player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to coronavirus concerns.
Solder released a statement explaining that his young son is battling cancer and that he's putting their health before football. Solder is also a cancer survivor himself.
"I will deeply miss my teammates, coaches and everyone in the Giants organization," he wrote. "I want to thank them and all of my friends and fans who continue to support me and my family through the highs and the lows."
2020 would have been Solder's third season with the Giants. In 2018, he signed a four-year, $62 million contract with $35 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league at the time.
NFL players have until August 4 to opt out of the 2020 season. So far, more than two dozen players have done so. According to published reports, one of those players is Leo Koloamatangi of the New York Jets, but the team has not yet confirmed that.