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Raiders activate slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner from reserve/COVID-19 list

Several other Las Vegas defensive players could come off list Saturday

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
LaMarcus Joyner
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The Las Vegas Raiders began the process of replenishing their depleted defense by lifting starting slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner from the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

Joyner practiced and will be ready to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Joyner went on the list earlier in the week as a close contact to starting defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who tested positive for the coronavirus. Ferrell is highly likely to miss Sunday’s game.

The Raiders have several other defensive players on the COVID list and they hope to activate all, or most, of them Saturday, so they can play Sunday. All of them missed the entire week of practice, though. Those players are safety Johnathan Abram, defensive linemen Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins, Arden Key, Kendall Vickers, cornerback Isaiah Johnson and practice squad defensive end David Irving.

Right tackle Trent Brown and linebacker Cory Littleton are also on the list, but they aren’t expected to play Sunday. Raiders coach Jon Gruden didn’t give much information on the status of the players on the COVID list when asked Friday.

“No, I don’t have any update,” Gruden said. “We’ll wait and see what happens, but we’re just hoping that everybody remains healthy and can get back as soon as possible.”