The Las Vegas Raiders game on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be pushed back a few days.
On Thursday, it was reported that the Raiders starting offensive line, as well as safety Johnathan Abram, have been deemed high-risk contacts in the team’s coronavirus scare. As a result, they have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Those placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list have to wait five days after their last day of contact before they can resume activities, which means the players won’t be eligible to return until Sunday. Their game, which was originally scheduled for Sunday night, has already been flexed to the afternoon slot, just in case it ends up getting postponed.
The Raiders only have five other offensive linemen on their roster, plus two on the practice squad, and they can’t sign anyone in time for the game due to the six-day entry period in the coronavirus protocol.
...also means less time to prep for #Buccaneers game, which was moved up from 5 pm to 1 pm PT. Plus, Raiders only have 5 other O-linemen on 53-man roster and two others on practice squad. But teams have to suit up at least 8 OL on gamedays. And simply (more)...— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 22, 2020
...signing a street free agent doesn’t work either because they would then have to go through 6-day entry protocol. Moving game back to Monday or Tuesday seems most likely at this juncture.— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 22, 2020
It’s unclear what will happen with the game at this point, but smart money would be on it being played on a different day, likely later in the week.