10/22 15:54 CDT AP sources: Raiders place 5 more players on COVID-19 list
AP sources: Raiders place 5 more players on COVID-19 list
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer
The Las Vegas Raiders placed four starting offensive linemen and safety
Johnathan Abram on the reserve/COVID-19 list after they were determined to be
close contacts with a teammate who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two people familiar with the moves Thursday confirmed that Abram, Kolton
Miller, Denzelle Good, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson were all placed on the
list because of high-risk contact with right tackle Trent Brown. The people
spoke on condition of anonymity because the moves haven't been announced. NFL
Network first reported the players going on the COVID-19 list.
Those five players had close contact with Brown, who was placed on the COVID-19
list Wednesday following a positive test for the virus. If those players remain
asymptomatic they must wait five days from their last contact with Brown on
Monday and test negative each day before they will be allowed to return.
That gives them enough time to return to play on Sunday against Tampa Bay if
they don't test positive or develop symptoms before then. The league moved the
schedule for Sunday night against the Buccaneers into the afternoon window out
of an "abundance of caution" to make sure a game would be available for NBC's
"Sunday Night Football." The Seattle-Arizona game was moved into the prime-time
The league and union are also investigating how the Raiders have handled the
coronavirus protocols. One person said on condition of anonymity because the
results of the investigation haven't been made public that Brown was not
consistently wearing his tracker which is used to help determine close contacts.
The team also was supposed to be in the league's "intensive" protocol on Monday
after cornerback Damon Arnette was placed on the COVID-19 list, which requires
proper distancing and mask wearing at practice. The person said video shows the
starting offensive linemen were not following the protocols.
So for now, the Raiders are preparing for the game with backup linemen Patrick
Omameh, John Simpson, Andre James, Brandon Parker and Sam Young, as well as
practice squad players Jaryd Jones-Smith, Erik Magnuson and Kamaal Seymour.
"We haven't changed our routine at all," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said.
"Obviously, our numbers are down a little bit. But as far as our practice, you
continue with business as usual and next man up mentality so nothing's really
While preparing for a game without the entire starting offensive line is the
biggest challenge, losing Abram would be a big blow to the defense.
He sets the tone with his physical play in the secondary and has been one of
the better players on defense this season.
"John's a big part of what we do," defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said.
"We'll just have to see with John whatever the situation is. He's playing
great. If not, we have to have somebody step up in his place and play at a high
The Raiders have now had eight players placed on the COVID-19 list since the
start of the season, including the seven currently on the list. Defensive
tackle Maurice Hurst was put on the COVID-19 list two weeks ago before being
activated on Monday.
The Raiders have had several issues with the coronavirus protocols already this
season. Coach Jon Gruden was fined $100,000 and the team fined $250,000 after
Gruden didn't wear his mask properly in Week 2. The team was also fined $50,000
for allowing an unauthorized employee into the locker room after that game.
Tight end Darren Waller was fined $30,000 and nine teammates were docked
$15,000 for attending a charity event held by Waller that violated local
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