Detroit Lions lose second player to coronavirus opt out, WR Geronimo Allison

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press
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For the second time this week, the Detroit Lions have had a player opt out of the 2020 season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Wide receiver Geronimo Allison will sit out the season.

Allison announced earlier this year that he and his wife, Yvette, were expecting their first child, a daughter, in April. His decision is related to that news, a person informed of the decision told the Free Press.

Packers receiver Geronimo Allison before the game against the Chiefs on Oct. 27, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo.

Allison, who did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment, and Lions defensive tackle John Atkins are two of the more than three dozen NFL players who've taken the opt-out.

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Atkins made his decision final on Wednesday, and Lions coach Matt Patricia said Friday he "100%" supports any player who sits out this fall.

"Certainly our families are the most important thing and I know a lot of times in football that gets lost, but I think about it every single day," Patricia said. "My wife and my kids and a lot of our guys are in the same situations, or whether it’s their parents or grandparents or whatever it might be. So 100% just have to respect everybody’s feelings and opinions on trying to stay as safe as possible."

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Allison signed a one-year deal with the Lions in free agency and was expected to compete for a roster spot behind Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and rookie Quintez Cephus.

He played the past four seasons for the Green Bay Packers and made six starts last year, catching 34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns.

Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker, bottom, breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison during the third quarter Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. Walker was penalized on the play.

The Lions, who begin strength and conditioning workouts, have good depth at the receiver position, with Marvin Hall and Geremy Davis among others competing for the final one or two roster spots at the position.

Players who opt out of the season and are deemed high-risk receive a $350,000 stipend for the year, while others are eligible for a $150,000 advance on their 2021 salaries.

Atkins was not classified as high-risk due by the NFL, and Patricia declined to speak on Atkins' reason for opting out.

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