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Raiders linebacker Cory Littleton will be replaced by Nicholas Morrow vs Broncos

Rookie cornerback Damon Arnette may return against Denver

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Las Vegas Raiders
Cory Littleton
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Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden acknowledged on Friday that starting linebacker Cory Littleton will miss Sunday’s home game against the Denver Broncos because he is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Littleton was put on the list on Thursday. It has not been announced whether Littleton tested positive for the coronavirus or that he was in close contact with someone who did. However, Gruden said that he spoke to the player on Thursday and that Littleton was feeling fine.

Gruden said Nicholas Morrow will replace Littleton in the Raiders’ base defense against the Broncos and Gruden said he is confident in Morrow. Littleton signed a three-year $36 million deal in free agency. Littleton has been a disappointment this season. He isn’t making the tackles he did with the Los Angles Rams and he has suffered in pass coverage.

Meanwhile, Gruden said the coaching staff will decide by Saturday whether to activate rookie cornerback Damon Arnette. He’s been on the injured reserve for several weeks with a hand injury. However, he’s had a good week of practice.

Gruden also said defensive lineman David Irving, who is on the practice squad, may play Sunday. He signed last month, but he hasn’t played in the NFL in two years.