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Report: Jets signing Canadian offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif


The New York Jets are signing Canadian offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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Duvernay-Tardif worked out for the Jets (6-3) on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Duvernay-Tardif finished last season with the Jets after a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs.

The McGill medical school product told The Canadian Press in June he had received four offers from NFL clubs, but he wanted to focus on his medical residency program at a hospital in Montreal.

Shortly after helping the Chiefs secure a Super Bowl victory in 2020, the Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., native became the first NFL player to opt out of the ’20 season to battle the COVID-19 pandemic working at a Montreal long-term care facility.

Duvernay-Tardif was widely recognized for his decision. He was a co-recipient of the award as Canada’s top athlete and named ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year, as well as one of Sports Illustrated’s 2020 Sportspersons of the year.

The Chiefs picked the six-foot-five, 321-pound Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round (200th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

— With files from The Canadian Press.



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