Trent Brown Returns To Practice For Raiders
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) protects a gap in the offensive line during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Oakland, Calif. The Las Vegas Raiders sent all five starting offensive linemen home as part of coronavirus contact tracing after right tackle Trent Brown was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list with a positive test. The Raiders held practice on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 without their starting five as they prepare for Sundays home game against Tampa Bay. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit, File)
Brown took part in his first practice Friday since being sidelined on Oct. 21 because of the positive test. Brown’s test also forced the Raiders to practice all last week without the starting offensive line because of high risk close contacts with Brown.
The other starters returned in time to play last Sunday but Brown remained sidelined until Friday. His status for Sundays game in Cleveland has not been determined.
Well find out, coach Jon Gruden said. We still have a couple more days to get him acclimated to our game plan. Hes been out for a while as you know, so its good to see him back out here, but I wont make any more statements than that.
The Raiders have struggled to get Brown on the field at all this season. He missed most of training camp nursing a calf injury that he reinjured on the first drive of the season. Brown played just three snaps in the opener before missing the next three weeks with the injury.
So he has had very minimal time on the field, leading to questions about whether he can return this week.
I want to find out what his wind is, Gruden said. You know he had COVID-19, which is a serious deal, so we have to find out what his conditioning is like. Theres a lot of other things to weigh into this as well.
Brown also missed five games last season and was limited to six snaps in another because of injuries as the Raiders have struggled to get value out of the $66 million, four-year deal they gave Brown in free agency before the 2019 season.
NOTES: The Raiders also activated rookie CB Damon Arnette from the COVID-19 list but he remains on IR with a broken thumb. … DE Arden Key (foot) is listed as doubtful for the game Sunday. … WR Bryan Edwards (foot, ankle) is listed as questionable.
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