Las Vegas Raiders: List of players who opted out in the AFC West

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 30: Running back Damien Williams #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes for a touchdown during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 30: Running back Damien Williams #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes for a touchdown during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /
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Raiders linebacker Ukeme Eligwe with the Chiefs (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Raiders linebacker Ukeme Eligwe with the Chiefs (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

Thursday was the deadline to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19, and here is the list of Raiders and the rest of the AFC West that did.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all walks of life, as the virus has ripped through the world, affecting millions of people. For the Las Vegas Raiders, and the rest of the AFC West, it has already had an affect as well, as players have tested positive for the virus, and some have decided to opt out for the 2020 NFL season.

Each player should be shown the proper respect for their decisions, as they have to weigh the cost of playing football during a time where there is so much unknown. Some players are walking away from millions of dollars, choosing to put their health, and the health of their family in front of the game, and I cannot fault them for that.

As training camp kicks off, the NFL placed a Thursday deadline on opting out, and in total, nearly 70 players did just that. We take a look at the AFC West, and those players who will sit out, and how it affects each team this year.

Los Angeles Chargers: No Players Opted Out

The Los Angeles Chargers are the one team in the AFC West that had no players opt out, and their roster will be at full strength during training camp. Of course, the biggest story when it comes to this franchise is the departure of Philip Rivers, their long-time starting quarterback, and whether or not Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert starts in his place.