After a Wednesday practice that saw the Las Vegas Raiders withhold all five starting offensive linemen and safety Johnathan Abram from the facility following a report that the team had placed starting tackle Trent Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Raiders were forced to keep all six players out of practice on Thursday as well, according to The Athletic’s Tashan Reed.

The six Raiders players that have not practiced since Monday include left tackle Kolton Miller, left guard Denzelle Good, center Rodney Hudson, right guard Gabe Jackson, Brown and Abram. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the NFL and NFLPA are examining the Raiders situation to see if league protocols were properly followed by Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is coming off a bye week following a 40-32 upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs the week before, so they had been more absent from the facility than normal heading into this week.

The Reserve/COVID-19 list was created to place a player on there who either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has contracted the virus. Raiders rookie cornerback Damon Arnette tested positive on Monday and was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but he has been on Injured Reserve. Two days later Brown was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list as well.

The Bucs and Raiders are now slated to play on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 PM, as the league tries to assure that there will be a Sunday Night Football game in case Las Vegas’ situations worsens. The Raiders have already had their bye week, so there is no easy re-scheduling solution if the game has to be postponed significantly.

UPDATE: All six Raiders players have been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. This does not necessarily rule the players out for Sunday’s game, but it does make them less likely to play if the game remains as scheduled.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that further COVID-19 test results from within the Raiders organization over the next few days will determine if the Week 7 game will remain scheduled for Sunday at 4:05 PM or be moved to Monday or Tuesday night. Right now, the NFL’s plan is to play the game as scheduled on Sunday afternoon.

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bucballer
7 months ago

Uncharted territory boys! In the end, it’s just a game. Here’s hoping the players and their families r safe and healthy.

BucNnole
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

There is a 99.98% chance according to the CDC that they will be just fine.

EastEndBoy
Reply to  BucNnole
7 months ago

and there’s the problem right there…that is absolutely NOT what the CDC says. In fact, the CDC (and other leading infectious disease experts) say the current rate of death varies according to a number of factors including obesity and other underlying health issues. Across the entire globe the average death rate is about 2.5% (a little higher in the US) of reported cases and determined causes of death – but we/they know that both of those figures are grossly underreported. Moreover, while that is the uncertainty around death – there are a lot more serious health concerns – some potentially… Read more »

Spitfire
Reply to  EastEndBoy
7 months ago

300 lbs does put them at risk but those guys are just about the healthiest 300lb people that exist. The COVID numbers have actually been grossly Over reported is one of the big problem. The true numbers end up a mystery and the scariest thing about this virus is the uncertainty. One person can get it and get the sniffles, another gets it and has permanent lung damage, what are the true COVID death numbers? No on really knows, all we do know is no one knows how it will effect someone and the unknown is much scarier than the… Read more »

Bucs9755
Reply to  EastEndBoy
7 months ago

The 99.98% survival rate is exactly what the CDC uses as their best estimate (Scenario 5) of the fatality rate for the 20-49 age group in their planning scenario publication on 9/10/20 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html#five-scenarios. Your 2.5% is based on deaths/*confirmed cases*. Everyone knows there have been more cases than have been confirmed and orgs like CDC have methods to estimate those #s (random anti-body sampling for example). 2.5% fatality rate makes this thing sound much more deadly than it really is. Regardless, I’m hoping it hasn’t and doesn’t spread and that Big man Brown doesn’t have any complications. Sad that our… Read more »

EastEndBoy
Reply to  Bucs9755
7 months ago

indeed age is ONE factor, but again to generalize the 20-49 group as being of average underlying health is erroneous…and certainly an NFL player would be expected to be in “good shape” but 300lbs is 300lbs…these aren’t their WRs we’re talking about. Moreover, the main point of my rebuttal was that sure they probably won’t die (whether that’s 99.98%, 97.5%, or some other high percent) but there is a much greater potential that they suffer some damage to one or more of their organs…and I suspect that playing professional football with say less than 100% lung capacity, might be an… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  BucNnole
7 months ago

Does they include their in-laws and grandparents and their newborns? Just asking for a friend.

Captain Sly
7 months ago

NFL would be punishing the Bucs by moving the game all the way to Tuesday Night. Its unfortunate for Raiders but at some point the league will need to consider forfeiting their games. Raiders are coming off their bye week and a Tuesday game would force the Bucs to play their next game on short rest.

BadgerW4
Reply to  Captain Sly
7 months ago

Unfortunately, we’ve seen the NFL cares very little about how their scheduling affects the Bucs.

BUC 727
Reply to  Captain Sly
7 months ago

I just want the game to be played, period.

Captain Sly
Reply to  BUC 727
7 months ago

I believe as Bucs fans we all want to see the game played, but at what Risk? With Contact Tracing you don’t have to test positive to be on that Covid Reserve List. Playing this game may create a “Ripple Effect”

MichaelN
7 months ago

Here is to hoping the Bucs don’t have an outbreak because of this. All the injuries we have dealt with. That would he the ultimate gut punch.
Also hoping the entire NFL can stay healthy! The players need to limit their outside contact. I know it can’t be 100% contained but I believe some of the cases have been because of irresponsibility.

thewbacca
7 months ago

I would prefer this game be played in prime time and see Bowles work over the Raiders backup O-line. One can dream…

RW
RW
Reply to  thewbacca
7 months ago

I would like the rest of the Raiders line to get cleared and play and have the Bucs D work them over. That proves even more how legit they are.

plopes808
7 months ago

Tough news for the Raiders but great news for our front 7! They’ve been feasting as it is, imagine going up against an entire line of backups!

I just hope these players aren’t cleared to play, then later come up positive, which could be passed onto our team.

twspin
7 months ago

Feel bad for the Raiders. I do not think we will get their very best effort. But then again, Nobody feels sorry for anybody in the NFl. Its feast or famine. And its our turn to finally..feast!

RW
RW
Reply to  twspin
7 months ago

Nobody cared when the Bucs played the Bears and the only healthy wide receiver was Tyler Johnson.