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Albert Wilson becomes second Miami Dolphins receiver to opt out of 2020 NFL season

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 8/5/2020 Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post
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The Dolphins lost a second veteran wide receiver in two days Wednesday when Albert Wilson announced he’s opting out of the 2020 season.

Allen Hurns declared himself out Tuesday.

“It was very tough choice but since the day I started playing the game it’s always been Faith Family Football,” Wilson wrote on Twitter. “Because of this crazy time I choose to put my family in the best situation I see fit.”

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (15) crosses the gaol line to score a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. © Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (15) crosses the gaol line to score a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field.

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Dolphins coach Brian Flores issued a statement backing Wilson.

"I support Albert's decision," Flores said. "I know he made it with his family in mind. I want what's best for Albert, as I do all of our players."

As Wilson was posting his opt-out message, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, the Dolphins’ player rep with the union, was asked about Hurns’ decision.

“I’m behind him 100%,” Wilkins said. “With so many unknowns, clearly this is a worldwide pandemic, so to each his own. I’m not going to knock a guy if he decides to opt out. I’m not going to knock a guy if he keeps playing.”

NFL players have until Thursday to declare themselves out for 2020.

Despite flashes of the unique skill set Wilson brings to the Dolphins, he has enjoyed only limited success since joining the team after four seasons with the Chiefs. Wilson played only seven games during an injury-shortened 2018, finishing with 26 receptions for 391 yards and four touchdowns. While continuing to rehab from a hip injury, he appeared in 15 games last year and made 43 catches for 351 yards and one TD.

“I will stand by my teammates & brothers to support them 100% through out this season and will be counting the days until I can join them again,” Wilson wrote. “1 love.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Albert Wilson becomes second Miami Dolphins receiver to opt out of 2020 NFL season


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