Las Vegas Raiders right tackle Trent Brown returned to the team in Week 5 and played in all 70 offensive snaps of their 40-32 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders sent all five starting offensive linemen home on Wednesday as a precaution after Brown went on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the day.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the NFL and NFL Players Association is reviewing Brown’s positive test and if he had been “consistently wearing his tracking device,” as well as video of the line hanging out together without masks.
Update: The entire starting offensive line and Jonathan Abram are “high risk” and won’t be playing on Sunday.
Confirmed: #Raiders OL and Abram all going on COVID-19 list as they have been deemed HIGH RISK contacts, so they are now ‘quarantined’ for 5 days plus last day of contact, which was Monday. Which means they could conceivably be cleared Sunday morning via a POC test but (more)...— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 22, 2020
The NFL and NFLPA are reviewing the #Raiders’ recent COVID-19 issues, including a positive test for RT Trent Brown, who they believe hadn’t been consistently wearing his tracking device, and video of offensive linemen hanging out together without masks, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 22, 2020
Brown has played in 13 games since signing four-year, $66 million contract in 2019, including his three snaps in Week 1. He is tied with Derek Carr for having the biggest cap hit on the team this season — $21.5 million — and they are the only players above $10 million. But Las Vegas has no financial commitment to him after 2020.
Both Brown and safety Jonathan Abram are deemed to be “high-risk” contacts, which could keep them out for five days. The Raiders are playing without their starting offensive line in practice on Thursday.
FYI on @Raiders COVID-19 situation: The Raiders starting offensive linemates of Trent Brown, along with Jonathan Abram, are still in the process being deemed or ruled out as "High-risk" contacts.— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) October 22, 2020
It’s normal for the league and union to review any situation with multiple positive tests. CB Damon Arnette went on Reserve/COVID-19 on Monday, then Trent Brown on Wednesday. The rest of the starting O-line and safety Johnathan Abram are currently isolated. https://t.co/FBPNf5ljMk— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 22, 2020