The NFL’s deadline for players to decide to opt out of the NFL season passed Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, but one player thinks that will prove meaningless as things progress. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL’s deadline for players to decide to opt out of the NFL season passed Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, but one player thinks that will prove meaningless as things progress.

Detroit Lions linebacker Jamie Collins believes players will still try to opt out depending on circumstances, even though the formal deadline passed.

Collins has a point. Major League Baseball is the only other sport operating outside of a bubble environment in the U.S. that has opt-out provisions, and we have seen players there decide not to play even after the start of the season. Some NFL players will probably have similar thoughts, and it’s not really clear how the NFL would handle that.

One veteran player thinks the NFL’s deadline is a “joke” due to the lack of time players were given to make a final decision. It’ll be interesting to see if this becomes a factor later in camp and during the season.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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