Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden was hopeful all last week that standout right tackle Trent Brown would be able to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Yet, the team has made Brown one of their inactive players. Brown was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday after being on it for nine days. He practiced for the first time in three weeks that day.
The team said Sunday morning that Brown was not active because he was ill, but that it’s not related to the coronavirus.
Sam Young will likely start for Brown. This is the fifth time in seven games that Brown will sit out. He left the Week 1 win over Carolina with a calf injury and didn’t play again until a Week 5 win at Kansas City. Brown, who signed a four-year, $66 million contract in 2019, missed five games last season.
The Raiders’ other inactive players Sunday are quarterback Marcus Mariota, receiver Bryan Edwards, pass-rusher Arden Key, safety Dallin Leavitt and receiver Rico Gafford.
Mariota has been the No. 3 quarterback in the two games he has been off the injured reserve. So, Nathan Peterman is the backup for now.