Durden opts out for rest of 2020

Florida State defensive tackle Cory Durden posted on Twitter that he would opt out for the final three games of the 2020 season.

Durden, who has started and played as a backup the past few seasons, is still on FSU’s roster. But his Twitter message did not clarify that he would return to FSU in 2021, other than to say he would not be jumping to the NFL.

In a lengthy message, Durden said “Covid-19 messed up my physical therapy for my shoulder making me play with a lingering injury all year and I let it get the best of me.” He also became a father this year and has been in quarantine twice for Covid-19, he said in the post.

Durden did not play on Saturday at NC State, posting on Twitter that he was in quarantine. On Thursday, he said he didn’t feel ready for the NFL and struggled before coming to this conclusion.

“This is the hardest decision I have had to make in my life and I have battled and prayed about this for months,” Durden wrote. “… I am officially opting out of the remainder of the season to get my body healthy and be a father to my son.”

Durden’s decision, coupled with Marvin Wilson’s injury, leaves FSU thin at defensive tackle. The Seminoles do have experience and talent between Robert Cooper, Dennis Briggs, Fabien Lovett and Tru Thompson as the primary rotation players. Louisville transfer Jarrett Jackson is also an option.

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