The Kansas City chiefs made the second starter of their Super Bowl LIV win opt-out due to coronovirus concerns, as a return to Damian Williams informed team officials that he would sit out in the 2020 season.
“As an organization, we certainly understand and respect Damian’s choice, knowing it was built in the best interests of his family,” ‘General Manager Brett Witch said on Wednesday. “He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person. And we are going to miss him this season.”
The Chiefs overtook Clyde Edwards-Hellaire, one of LSU, in the first round of the year. He also has two running backs from last season, Darrell Williams and Darwin Thompson, and free-agent addition DeAnder Washington.
Williams, due to various injuries, was limited to 11 regular season games and six starts in 2019, but he led the majors with 498 yards rushing. He not only started the Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers, but was a star. He ran for 104 yards and scored the final two touchdowns of the game in the fourth quarter, one of which was a 5-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes that gave the Chiefs an edge and another on a 38-yard run to give them the final 31-20 . Margin over 49ers.
Williams scored six touchdowns in the majors’ three postseason games.
Williams joined the Miami Dolphins as a backup after four seasons in 2018. He returned late in the 2018 season as Chiefs, replacing Kareem Hunt.
Guard Laurent Duwarne-Tardif was also ruled out of the 2020 season.