LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Good news for the Raiders, the NFL says the team has no more positive COVID-19 tests to report as they prepare to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
The Raiders have two players, Damon Arnette and Trent Brown placed on the COVID-19 list this week. They also put five more players on the list because of “high risk” close contacts.
The problems arose this week when starting right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for the coronavirus and was placed on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. The team sent home four other starting offensive linemen, Kolton Miller, Denzelle Good, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson, as well as safety Johnathan Abram, because of possible close contact with Brown.
Those contacts were later deemed “high risk” and those players were placed on the COVID-19 list on Thursday. If those players remain without symptoms they must wait five days from their last contact with Brown and test negative each day before they will be allowed to return.
The four linemen had their last close contact on Monday and are on target to be cleared to play Sunday. Abram’s last close contact was Tuesday and can’t clear the protocol before the time of the scheduled game.
The Raiders game against the Bucs was originally set for Sunday Night Football, but was switched to an afternoon game (1:05 p.m. start) over fears that the Raiders may not be able to play on Sunday as scheduled, but this latest news is a positive sign for the team and the game itself.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.