Sumary of Jets’ Duvernay-Tardif playing again after fighting pandemic:
- The big New York Jets offensive lineman with a doctorate in medicine was on the front lines helping fight against a pandemic that gripped the world — and putting his playing career on hold.
- Duvernay-Tardif was coming off having won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in his sixth NFL season when the world’s events tugged at him.
- Duvernay-Tardif didn’t yet have his license to practice, so he instead worked as an orderly at a long-term care facility in his hometown.
- “And I felt like the best thing for me was to go on the front line and help in any capacity possible.
- In March, he stopped working at the long-term care facility and set his sights on an NFL return.
- He returned to the Chiefs in the spring and was greeted warmly by his teammates — and the fact Kansas City drafted Trey Smith in the sixth round.
- Duvernay-Tardif broke a bone in his hand in training camp and was sidelined several weeks, and Smith moved into the starting job at right guard.
- Duvernay-Tardif was inactive for the Chiefs’ first seven games, and then was active but didn’t play in Week 8. Looking for an opportunity elsewhere, he waived his no-trade clause and was dealt to the Jets for tight end Daniel Brown on Nov.