Report: Panthers player considering retirement over COVID-19 concerns

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Russell Okung #76 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to a play during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chargers defeated the Bears 17-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJZY) – Carolina Panthers left tackle Russell Okung said he may retire ahead of the team’s upcoming season due to coronavirus concerns, ESPN reported.

Okung, who missed several games in the 2019 season due to a pulmonary embolism, said he’d be comfortable walking away from the game if he feels the environment is not safe, a source told the outlet.

The offensive player was with the Seahawks, the Broncos, and lastly the Chargers before the Panthers traded guard Trai Turner to Los Angeles.

According to ESPN, Okung has one year left on a four-year, $53 million contract.

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