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Report: 7 Raiders’ defensive players lifted off NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list

Safety Johnathan Abram, others eligible to play against Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday

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Johnathan Abram
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It appears a scary week for the Las Vegas Raiders will end with a limited effect on the team. NFL Media reported seven players will be activated off of the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list in time to play in Sunday night’s huge AFC West showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium.

The players have been on the list since Wednesday. If they all test negative for the coronavirus on Sunday morning, they will be completely cleared to play. The players are safety Johnathan Abram, defensive linemen Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins, Arden Key, Kendal Vickers, cornerback Isaiah Johnson and practice squad defensive end David Irving. ESPN reported Irving will be promoted to the active roster for the game.

None of the players practiced all week. Slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was put on the list Tuesday and was removed Friday and he practiced so he is good to face the Chiefs as well.

All eight of those players were close contacts of starting defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who tested positive for the virus Tuesday. He is not expected to play Sunday, nor are starting linebacker Cory Littleton and right tackle Trent Brown, who both have missed time with the virus.

Backup running back Theo Riddick was placed on the COVID list Saturday.