The Las Vegas Raiders’ game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was shifted from prime time Thursday. Now, there has to be major concern it will be postponed.
According to multiple reports, offensive tackle Trent Brown will be joined on the Reserve/COVID-19 list by his remaining colleagues on the offensive line.
Center Rodney Hudson, guards Gabe Jackson and Denzelle Good, tackle Kolton Miller and safety Johnathan Abram all missed their second straight day of practice Thursday while in quarantine.
All were deemed high-risk according to reports. The Raiders have just five remaining offensive linemen on their 53-man active roster, along with two practice-squad offensive linemen.
With the Raiders offensive line quarantined, this schedule change ensures that there will be a game for Sunday Night Football. Now Bucs and Raiders always can be pushed back, though that is not in the NFL’s plans at this time. https://t.co/2LE5IV2kM7
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2020
That is where the problems exacerbate:
NFL rules stipulate that teams must have at least eight offensive linemen on their 48-man rosters for game day. If the Raiders are unable to dress at least eight offensive linemen for Sunday’s game, they would be allowed only a maximum of 47 active players.
This is more troublesome:
NFL believes Trent Brown, who tested positive, wasn’t consistently wearing his tracking device, and has video of the starting offensive linemen hanging out without masks, according to @TomPelissero.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) October 22, 2020