A running list of Patriots who have opted out of the 2020 NFL season

Patrick Chung, left, and Dont'a Hightower are opting out of the 2020 season.
Patrick Chung, left, and Dont'a Hightower are opting out of the 2020 season.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, NFL players are able to exercise an opt-out clause in their contracts for the 2020 season.

Players have until Aug. 3 to inform teams of their decision. Those who opt out do not count against the organization’s active roster.

Here are the Patriots who will not be playing the 2020 NFL season:

  • Running back Brandon Bolden: Bolden saw action both in the running game and on special teams last season.
  • Safety Patrick Chung: A key member of the secondary, Chung is expecting his second child. He signed a two-year contract extension in May, keeping him with the Patriots through the 2023 season.
  • Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon: Cannon, a mainstay on New England’s offensive line, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. It’s likely he qualifies as a “higher risk player,” which would grant him a stipend of $350,000.
  • Linebacker Dont’a Hightower: Hightower, an eight-year veteran and team captain, recently welcomed a newborn son with his fiancé, Morgan Hart. Additionally, Hightower’s mother has Type 2 diabetes. Without Hightower, the Patriots have lost much of their linebacker corps, as Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy all departed as free agents this offseason.
  • Guard Najee Toran: Toran, 24, spent last season as a member of New England’s practice squad.
  • Fullback Dan Vitale: Vitale signed a one-year deal with the Patriots this offseason and was expected to replace veteran James Develin, who announced his retirement in April.
  • Receiver Marqise Lee: Lee signed a one-year deal with the Patriots in April. He cited the birth of his first child in February as part of his reason for sitting out.
  • Tight end Matt LaCosse: LaCosse and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child due in November. He caught 13 passes for 131 yards last season.