Raiders’ Joyner rejoins COVID-19 list, won’t face Chiefs, seven others expected to be available

Raiders cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was returned to the COVID-19 reserve list Sunday morning and won’t play in their nationally televised game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium, the club announced.

There was no reference any other players. Safety Johnathan Abram, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, cornerback Isaiah Johnson, defensive end Arden Key, defensive end/tackle Kendal Vickers and defensive end David Irving were all activated Saturday, just as Joyner was on Friday.

Joyner has played in all nine games with four starts and is the Raiders third-leading tackler with 46, trailing Abram (48) and linebacker Cory Littleton (47). His five tackles for losses ranks only behind Maxx Crosby (eight).

No other announcements are anticipated from the Raiders, an indication those players received final clearance.

With Joyner out, the Raiders will turn to either veteran Nevin Lawson or rookie fourth-round pick Amik Robertson as the slot corner against Kansas City.

Those activated from the coronavirus reserve list must pass one final test the day of the game in order to be cleared to play.

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Joyner joins defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Littleton, tackle Trent Brown and practice squad running back Theo Riddick on the list. He joins Brown as players who were activated and then returned to inactive status. Brown spent nine days in October on the reserve from Oct. 21 to Oct. 30, was cleared, but then went back on the list because of complications from his bout with the virus.

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Joyner and the seven others were originally placed on the list because of contact with Ferrell, who reportedly tested positive.



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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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