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Who will miss the 2021 Orange Bowl due to injury and Covid-19/NFL Draft opt-outs

We take a look at which players might not participate in the College Football Playoff semifinal game because of injury, Covid-19, opting-out for the NFL Draft, or just leaving the team after the regular season

Head coach Mack Brown of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after his team scores against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the Belk College Kickoff game at Bank of America Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Opting out of college football bowl games has become a trend over the last few years and when you combine that with a pandemic, you’ll see it more than ever. We scoured the internet to find the latest information on which players have opted out of their bowl game for whatever reason as well as injury updates on players who are banged up and might be unable to go.

The Texas A&M Aggies were left on the outside looking in at the No. 5 spot in the College Football Playoff with a forgiving loss to Alabama, and they will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels, which are ranked No. 13 and lost three games this season. The Orange Bowl will get going on Saturday, Jan. 2, and here’s what the rosters may be without.

Texas A&M roster update


Texas A&M might have some issues in the secondary. Defensive back Devin Morris tweeted out a message that said he would miss the bowl game with a concussion. In addition, cornerback Myles Jones (foot) did not play in Texas A&M’s regular season finale and is listed as questionable.

Senior receiver Cam Bradley appears to be a go for the Aggies. He suffered a knee injury before the season and this will be his first game of 2020-21.


Texas A&M had a few players opt out prior to the start of the season, but there has been no indication any Aggies that went through the full season will skip this game. Jimbo Fisher confirmed as much on Friday.

North Carolina roster update


Among the players questionable for this game include defensive backs Storm Duck (lower body) and Obi Egbuna (undisclosed). In addition, running back D.J. Jones will be out with a foot injury, as the Tar Heels are searching for backfield depth for this game. Wide receiver Beau Corrales.


North Carolina will be without multiple high-level players with three on offense and one on defense. Running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams decided against playing in this game along with wide receiver Dyami Brown and linebacker Chazz Surratt.