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Raiders Activate 7 Defensive Players From COVID-19 List

Raiders Activate 7 Defensive Players From COVID-19 List

The Las Vegas Raiders have activated seven players off the COVID-19 list after they missed practice this week as high risk close contacts to a teammate who had tested positive.

The Las Vegas Raiders have activated seven players off the COVID-19 list after they missed practice this week as high risk close contacts to a teammate who had tested positive.

Safety Johnathan Abram, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, cornerback Isaiah Johnson, defensive end Arden Key and defensive tackle Kendal Vickers all were activated Saturday and are on target to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Defensive end David Irving was also activated from the practice squad COVID-19 list and activated from the practice squad.

Those players still need to get negative tests back Sunday before they can be cleared to play.

I dont know how we can beat these guys with a full lineup at practice, let alone three-quarters of your lineup not here all week, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said Thursday. Were playing the world champs. What dont they have? They have a great quarterback, great receivers, great tight ends, the line is physical. And theyre coming off a bye, so its a daunting task. I know one thing, were going to show up at 5:20 and were going to give 100%, because thats what we do. Well get these guys ready to play.

These players were all placed on the list following defensive end Clelin Ferrells positive test announced Tuesday. Defensive back Lamarcus Joyner also had been placed on the list Tuesday because of contact with Ferrell.

Ferrell, linebacker Cory Littleton and right tackle Trent Brown remain on the COVID-19 list after having tested positive. Las Vegas also place backup running back Theo Riddick on the COVID-19 list Saturday.

This is the second time this season the Raiders had to practice for most of the week without a significant number of players. Before last months game against Tampa Bay, Brown tested positive and four other starting linemen, along with Abram, all were held out of practice because of high risk contacts. The linemen all returned for the game, while Abram had to miss the contest because his last contact with Brown came too close to the game.

The Raiders, their players and coach Jon Gruden have already been fined more than $1,215,000 and docked a sixth-round draft pick for violations of the COVID-19 protocols.

NOTES: The Raiders also activated DE Chris Smith and LB Javin White from the practice squad.

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