After a positive coronavirus test for defensive end Clelin Ferrell, at least eight Las Vegas Raiders, starting defenders and other players who play key roles in the team are included in the reserve / COVID-19 as high-risk close contacts, NFL Ian Rapoport from Network Insider and Tom Pelisero of the NFL Network announced Wednesday afternoon.
Players will be eligible to play Sunday against Kansas City bosses if they continue to test negatively, Rapoport added, although some will only be eligible on Sunday, meaning training before the key game will not be possible.
The positive Ferrell test and subsequent placement in reserve / COVID-1
Ferrell will probably come out for the match on Sunday night against Chiefs. Those who are in close contact with him are likely to be forced to miss many pre-game practices, as mentioned earlier. Safety Lamarcus Joyner was previously identified as a close contact and was placed on the COVID-19 reserve / list.
Offensive fights Trent Brown and backback Corey Littleton were also on the list this month. Littleton also tested positive, while Brown has not played since Week 5 and has been on the roster several times.
The availability of the Las Vegas defense came into question on the same day that the NFL announced that as of Saturday, all 32 teams must work on the league’s intensive protocol for the rest of the season.
This is also the latest in the ever-growing list of problems with Raiders – positive tests, non-compliance with protocols, fines – dealing with COVID-19.
Las Vegas has made a total of $ 1.2 million in fines. Most recently, on Nov. 5, the league fined Raiders $ 500,000 and coach John Gruden $ 150,000, in addition to revoking a sixth-round franchise project for coronavirus protocol violations related to Brown’s previous COVID-19 test. at the end of October. The positive test for Brown, which was originally included in the list on October 21, called for the need for an initial offensive line, as tracking the contract linked them to Brown, similar to Wednesday’s events.
Gruden and the team were fined $ 100,000 and $ 250,000, respectively, for failing to comply with the proper coverage protocol. Then quarterback Derek Carr and narrow-minded Darren Waller were among 10 raiders fined for violating the minutes of a charity event in which they were seen without masks. The team also incurred a $ 50,000 fine for an unauthorized visitor to the locker room.