The Las Vegas Raiders will place four starting offensive linemen and safety Johnathan Abram on the reserve/COVID-19 list after all five players were deemed high-risk contacts Thursday, sources told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez, confirming multiple reports.
The players’ placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list was first reported by NFL Network.
With Brown and the other four starters on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Raiders have just five remaining offensive linemen on their 53-man active roster, along with two practice-squad offensive linemen.
NFL rules stipulate that teams must have at least eight offensive linemen on their 48-man rosters for game day. If the Raiders are unable to dress at least eight offensive linemen for Sunday’s game, they would be allowed only a maximum of 47 active players.
Abram and the offensive linemen must quarantine for five days plus their last day of contact, which was Monday — which means they could conceivably be cleared Sunday morning via a POC test.
The NFL announced Thursday that the Raiders’ game against Tampa Bay — originally scheduled for Sunday night — had been moved to 4:05 p.m. ET “out of an abundance of caution to ensure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football.”