COVID-19 continues to spread within the Las Vegas Raiders organization.
On Wednesday night, the team added seven additional players to the COVID-19/reserve list after adding two key players to the list earlier in the week. With the latest additions, the Raiders now have six defensive starters on the list.
The players were placed on the list for precautionary reasons as part of contact tracing and will still be eligible to play this weekend, however, if they continue to test negative throughout the remainder of the week.
Safety Johnathan Abram, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, defensive lineman David Irving, cornerback Isaiah Johnson, defensive end Arden Key and defensive tackle Kendal Vickers were the players who were placed on the list on Wednesday.
“We practiced today and we’ll be ready for the game on Sunday,” head coach Jon Gruden told reporters. “It’s what you have to do. Everybody has to adapt to a lot of things in every phase of life. We had to go through some things before. We’ll be there on Sunday and we’ll be prepared.”
On Tuesday, starting defensive end Clelin Ferrell and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner had been placed on the list.
Throughout the season, Gruden and the Raiders organization have been fined on multiple occasions for violating COVID-19 protocols. Players have also been docked for attending various events without following social distancing or face covering guidelines. Now, they are suffering from the carelessness with the increased number of cases.
Whether it ultimately impacts the Raiders’ scheduling remains to be seen.
Las Vegas is currently set to face off against the division rival Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, November 22. The game is set to air live in primetime on Sunday Night Football.